During the election period we’re not publishing any new evidence, but we’ll still have a great line up of blogs, case studies and some useful resources to make sure you get your wellbeing evidence into practice fix.
If you haven’t already downloaded it and posted it up on your office noticeboard (or whatever hi-tech equivalent you’re using), here’s our handy one-page factsheet on the latest evidence for wellbeing benefits at work.
And once that’s whetted your appetite, you can dip into our briefings on learning in the workplace and designing a good quality job.
Resilience in hospices and mental health in the media
It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, and we’re sharing two case studies that link with this year’s theme of surviving and thriving. Hospice UK give us an insight into a programme to improve staff wellbeing in an emotionally demanding environment. Meanwhile, Mind’s peer education for professionals is a look an an ambitious project that successfully challenged mental health stigma by training journalists.
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We’ve currently got two calls for evidence live:
We will be putting out more calls throughout the year, and you can follow us on Twitter @whatworksWB for updates when these come out.
You can find all of our evidence, research and guidance on the following themes:
After 8 June, here’s just a taster of what you can expect:
- new evidence reviews on dance and sport and adult learning
- guidance for community organisations on measuring personal wellbeing
- a one-stop set of wellbeing indicators for local authorities
- a round up of the evidence on green space and wellbeing
- a discussion paper on community wellbeing.
Do leaders in the workplace value quality of life and how could a different (behavioural and adapative) approach to job design affect wellbeing at work?
How leaders value quality of life was the focus of a recent study by Sodexo, the on-site services provider .
780 interviews were carried out with leaders of Companies, Universities and Hospitals in six countries . →Detailed results
→Key findings below:
- Leaders value quality of life and link it to organisational performance
- The driving forces behind this are demands of the ‘end user’; a younger user with shifting needs; and political pressure.
- There a number of obstacles; the biggest being the shift from cost to investment.
The lead of our Work and Learning team, Prof Kevin Daniels presented on Job design as part of the ongoing CEP wellbeing seminars at LSE.
→ Slides: Understanding Wellbeing at Work with an Adaptive and Behavioural Approach to Job Design
He outlined weaknesses in current guidance for minimising and improving wellbeing at work through enhancing the design of people’s jobs and went on to present an alternative approach focused on how workers interact with and act upon their work environment, and the reasons why they behave in the way that they do.
In particular, Kevin focused on
- the many ways in which workers use two important aspects of high quality jobs – the latitude to take decisions that affect how workers do their jobs and the support workers receive from colleagues.
- Kevin outlined a series of studies that investigated whether workers use these two aspects of high quality jobs to help them solve problems at work, express how they feel to co-workers and to take brief impromptu breaks during the working day.
- The studies demonstrated that workers who do so benefit from enhanced wellbeing and also enhanced learning on-the-job, cognitive performance, relationship quality and creativity.
Kevin concluded that current guidance needs to consider both the redesign of work and also how to train people in using key aspects of work to enhance their wellbeing.
→ Work, Learning and Wellbeing
We are currently recruiting for a Project Manager post.
→Full details on our Work for us page.
The appointment will be full time and is available from November 2015 for 1 year from start date with the possibility of an extension. The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on Friday, 16th October 2015.
Please submit your application and cover letter by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Shortlisted candidates will be notified by 23rd October and interviews will be held on Tuesday, 3rd November
→Project Manager job and application details
→Our Work, Learning and Wellbeing evidence programme is recruiting!
It is looking to recruit up to two funded PhD students to support work across:
- Wellbeing Skills for New Models of Working Lives
- Sustainable return to work
- The impact of absenteeism and presenteeism on career paths
- Sustainable workforce models for supporting older lives
- Well-being and self-employment
- Wellbeing and healthcare professionals’ education and work transitions
- Work and wellbeing in the public sector
Application and guidance
→We also have two calls for submisisons for you…..
1. The British Sociological Association Happiness Study Group is running a one-day workshop on the 9th December:
Happiness, Wellbeing and Flourishing: Exploring Links between Research, Policy and Practice -CALL FOR PAPERS
2. FUSE, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health is holding its third Knowledge Exchange conference Apirl 27-8th 2016:
FUSE KE Conf 2016 – CALL FOR PAPERS
The What Works Centre for Wellbeing’s commissioning partners, the Economic and Social Research Council, are hosting an online twitter chat on 3rd December between 12 and 2pm about the Centre focusing specifically on the evidence programme call for proposals.
Please see the call page for the full specifications, application guidance and FAQs. A short presentation on the application process will also be available beforehand, and an updated FAQs document will be available after the online Q&A event.
→ Join the forum to meet others working on wellbeing
→ Send questions
→ Join the discussion on 3 December by logging on to Twitter and following #wwwqa.
- A Twitter account is required to post questions, though the discussion can be viewed without an account
- Sign up to the virtual networking forum before the event if you want to post a question. You will be able to view the forum discussion pages without an account.
- The Q&A will be run via Twitter. W will also provide fuller answers and a summary of all questions after the event.
Nancy & Karen
The evidence programme for the What Works Centre for Wellbeing is being commissioned by the our partners the Economic and Social Research Council. The specifications for the evidence programme were published on 29th October.
On behalf of all funding partners, the ESRC is commissioning four wellbeing themed evidence programmes to look at what works for wellbeing:
- cross-cutting capability
- work, learning and wellbeing
- community wellbeing
- culture, sport and wellbeing
There was an applicants workshop on 5th November and the presentations from that workshop are now available.
Based on the level of interest, the deadline for the What Works Wellbeing Call has been extended to 21 January 2015.
You can contribute to the development of the centre in other ways here.
The Centre’s evidence programme is being commissioned in partnership with the Economic & Social Research Council.
A synthesis of the evidence about what works to improve wellbeing is being comissioned in the following areas:
1. Cross cutting capabilities
2. Work and Learning
3. Commnuities – social networks, govenance, built environment
4. Culture and Sport
Register today for the applicants workshop in Birmingham on 5th November.