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Newsletter #9 – March 2023

Apply rigour and relevance rules to any wellbeing initiative evaluation
Our team’s latest research paper focuses on how public service organisations (police, teaching, healthcare) can evaluate and justify initiatives to support workplace wellbeing – not just from a moral standpoint (although that’s important!) but also for cost-effectiveness.  

Read the open access paper ‘Mindfulness for Performance and Wellbeing in the Police: Linking Individual and Organizational Outcomes’ here:
Or if you’d like a shorter read, you can find the older project report here: Mindfulness in policing (  
Spread the word – Introduce a friend to Evolve!
March is a month of new beginnings – daffodils and crocuses poking up through the earth and birds nesting. Help us make it a time of new beginnings in evidence-based workplace wellbeing practice too – forward this on to at least one person you know and suggest they sign up. Let’s build a movement!  

Still not sure how to make the most of the Evolve toolkit?
Here are videos on:
1) What the Evolve Workplace Wellbeing toolkit is and
2) What is in the toolkit
As well as a list of 3 ways people make use of the toolkit.  
Takeaways from CBI’s Future of Work conference
Norwich Business School team member James Gardiner offers his takeaways from CBI’s recent future of work conference. Given the tumultuous times we have faced recently, it is fascinating to hear that employer responsibility for employee wellbeing is very much on the agenda and seen as the next step forward for future-facing businesses. This ties in with Evolve’s push for evidence-informed ‘people practice’ as a source of benefit for all types of organisations.  
Have you listened to our new podcast series yet?
Last month we launched our new podcast series with a fantastic conversation between Emma Mitchell (EY) and Kevin Daniels (UEA) talking about supporting people with disabling long-term health conditions to sustain work. The next podcast will be out on 15th March – George Challouma from Marina Bay Café talks with Helen Fitzhugh about the Good Jobs Project and how to retain staff in public-facing roles.  

You can find the podcast series on all good podcast directories (iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music etc.), direct from our website Professional development – (scroll down to podcast section) or on Buzzsprout  
Checklist for pro-actively managing remote workers
At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Evolve team at UEA investigated how to accentuate the positive and mitigate the damage from enforced remote working. We used a rapid review of reviews, new qualitative research and previous project outputs to help us create a checklist for managers on how to pro-actively manage remote workers.  

We originally made this available via the PrOPEL Hub as an aide memoire. Many organisations have used it since, to help line managers understand their role and responsibilities.
Find it republished on Evolve here:  

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

Watch this space for a financial wellbeing business breakfast in April… more details to follow next time and on social media.

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.  

A really interesting summary from ReWage on job quality and productivity in small firms:  
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