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Newsletter #8 February 2023

Launch of the Evolve Workplace Wellbeing Podcast Series!
We are delighted to launch our new podcast series! The podcasts offer insight you need to take evidence-informed action, helping your business evolve and thrive. Every six weeks a member of our team will introduce you to a new piece of research and to someone whose life experience puts a human face on that same research topic.  

Our first podcast guest is Emma Mitchell, Talent Director at EY, talking about research on supporting people with disabling long-term health conditions to sustain work. The podcast offers tips and highlights the benefits of tapping into this talent pool!  

You can find the podcast on all good podcast directories (iTunes, Spotify, Amazon music etc.), direct from our website Professional development – (scroll down to podcast section) or on Buzzsprout
Health and Wellbeing at Work Report
Health and Wellbeing at Work, the UK’s largest event for improving the health, wellbeing and culture of today’s workforce asked several industry experts their views on what 2023 has in store for us.  Prof Kevin Daniels was one of the featured experts and will be speaking at the event in March.

You can download the report from the homepage of the event:  
New open access publication on return to work
Common mental health and musculoskeletal disorders (CMDs and MSDs) are two of the most significant causes of non-participation in employment amongst working age adults. This case study fills an important gap in the scientific literature on reintegration back to work after sickness absence due to CMDs and MSDs.  

It particularly examines the return to work (RTW) experiences of sick-listed employees to understand the facilitators and barriers of sustainable RTW. Their findings reveal the active role of line managers on the RTW outcomes of returning employees. However, line-manager’s competence and ability to effectively support and implement appropriate RTW strategies suited to employees’ hinges on working in alignment with key stakeholders and returning employees.  

Etuknwa, A., Daniels, K., Nayani, R., Eib, C. (2023). Sustainable return to work for workers with mental health and musculoskeletal conditions. International Journal of Public Health and Environmental Research.
PrOPEL Hub busy setting the agenda
Colin Lindsay (University of Strathclyde) and colleagues shared insights from Evolve and other ESRC PrOPEL Hub projects at a recent event, held in Glasgow on Wednesday 18th January, bringing together workplace researchers and HR professionals as part of the PrOPEL Hub-CIPD ‘SPARC’ (Sustainable Practice Action Research Community).

Key priorities for the future was finding out ‘what works’ in supporting wellbeing during the cost-of-living crisis and the wellbeing impacts (good and bad) of hybrid working. Colin shared the potential benefits of job crafting for employee wellbeing and performance.  
When the team is out and about, we are often asked how to find and download the practical resources that we have produced. Here are quick links to help you access them directly:

From ‘What now??!’ to ‘What if?’: A comprehensive guide to exploring and embedding workplace wellbeing:

4 Boosts for frontline workers (infographic, handbook, video, FAQ document, evidence supplement):  

Business case calculator (direct link):

Checklist for the pro-active management of remote workers:  

8th February 2023 – Dr Helen Fitzhugh will be discussing her work on the ‘How far do you want to go with workplace wellbeing?’ project at the Howes Percival Business Breakfast event at the Nest in Norwich.

14th-15th March 2023 – Health and Wellbeing @ Work Conference. Speakers will include members of the UEA and RAND Europe Evolve team.

In this section we compile interesting other evidence-informed links on workplace wellbeing that we have found interesting:   The following is not produced by the Evolve Workplace Wellbeing team.  

In this week’s blog from the What Works Centre for Wellbeing, Stewart Martin, their Civil Society and Community Wellbeing Lead, discusses robust and appropriate wellbeing measurement with a focus on the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. Find the blog here:    
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