On 26th May 2022, the Workplace Wellbeing Research team at the University of East Anglia, and RAND Europe, launched the Evolve Workplace Wellbeing online toolkit.
See our YouTube channel for videos of the launch presentations:
· Dame Professor Carol Black launches the toolkit
· Professor Kevin Daniels talks about the research underpinning the toolkit
· Dr Helen Fitzhugh explains the content of the toolkit
· Professor Sara Connolly explains the business case calculator
· Dr Christian van Stolk introduces the free online course
· Dr Helen Fitzhugh gives insight into the comprehensive guide
|NEW REPORT HIGHLIGHTS THE NEED FOR INVESTMENT IN NHS STAFF WELLBEING
Poor mental health and wellbeing cost the NHS an estimated £12.1 billion a year, new research suggests. Saving the equivalent of just 10 per cent of lost days each year, could pay for more than 34,000 nurses and 17,000 doctors, according to the analysis by The International Public Policy Observatory (IPPO), the University of East Anglia and RAND Europe. Read about and download the report here:
|AUTHENTICITY DURING CRISIS
The first UK COVID-19 lockdown provided the setting to explore how organizations addressed employee wellbeing concerns under conditions of crisis. In this open access British Journal of Management paper we show how authentic action means mutuality over wellbeing and performance need not be compromised at difficult times. Read the open access paper here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1467-8551.12628
Watch this space for a video overview and teaching guide on authenticity in the next newsletter!
|TAKE PART IN THE GOOD JOBS PROJECT 2022 (Norfolk)
Do you work in, or employ people in, public-facing roles in retail, hospitality, care, tourism or charity in Norfolk? If so our UEA team would like to hear from you to talk about experiences of good work. The call for participants is here: https://evolveworkplacewellbeing.org/take-part-in-the-norfolk-good-jobs-project-2022/ and you can read more in an Eastern Daily Press article on the project here: https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/business/university-expanding-good-jobs-project-beyond-norwich-9086628
|JOB QUALITY PLAYS KEY ROLE IN STAFF PRODUCTIVITY
The What Works Centre for Wellbeing released a briefing based on analysis carried out by the RAND Europe team involved in the Evolve Workplace Wellbeing toolkit. The team analysed survey data on working conditions, mental health and productivity at a large retail company, and found that the work environment, relationships and culture play a key direct role on individual productivity and performance. Read about four distinct groups of workers here: Job quality plays key role in staff productivity, retail case study shows – What Works Wellbeing
|MEET THE TEAM AT UPCOMING EVENTS
· 20th – 21st July 2022, Manchester: Festival of engaged scholarship. An ESRC-funded, two day conference, with opportunity to hear from experienced Engaged Scholars and join a community of Engaged Scholars.
· 19th Sept 2022, London: Westminster Employment Forum: Mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. Prof Kevin Daniels will be speaking at this Westminster Employment Forum conference to examine priorities for supporting mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.
|OTHER INTERESTING LINKS
In this section we compile other evidence-informed links on workplace wellbeing that we have found interesting or that appear on our sister site the PrOPEL Hub: www.propelhub.org
These are not produced by the Evolve Workplace Wellbeing team.
· If you enjoyed the NHS wellbeing report described above, you may also be interested in this by one of its authors at UCL: https://theconversation.com/burned-out-heroes-why-bedside-nurses-should-not-have-to-be-martyrs-to-be-valued-184505
· Watch a video on how to apply research insight on dynamic capabilities to human resource management: https://www.propelhub.org/navigating-uncertainty-how-hrm-dynamic-capabilities-contribute-to-organisational-well-being-and-performance/
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