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Linking you to articles and reports featuring work and organisational psychologists who are helping translate the science into policy and practice

 
From decent wages to decent work

29 March 2022

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Creating quality work that is healthy and productive.

 

At our webinar on 29 March, world-leading researcher, ARC Laureate Fellow Sharon Parker, will outline the importance of work design for multiple work outcomes using the SMART work design model.

 

Plus we launch our ESRC and EAWOP-funded serious game that draws on the science concerning living wages and decent work. 

Silence is golden?

15 December 2021

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This latest webinar to be uploaded to our YouTube channel, this FoSS event launched our new short animation that outlines how and why employee silence can arise.

 

Four short science-based talks reveal the science behind why silence arises, how it can be detected and the negative impacts ameliorated. 

Making Chocolate Teapots: Striving for 'Good' Youth Work Policy Briefs Launch

10 December 2021

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This latest webinar to be uploaded to our YouTube channel, launched four policy briefs, based on participants’ research findings relevant for striving for good youth work.

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They were presented by researchers and were followed by discussions with Prof Anneleen Forrier (KU Leuven) and Dr Anthony Mann (OECD). 

Read more about the briefing papers, get all relevant information, see relevant papers and watch the short video associated with each briefing.

Ros Searle interview -- listen to the podcast

8 December 2021

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Living wages are a critical topic in making individuals and society more resilient. In this interview, Prof Rosalind Searle reflects on why they matter and the implications for Edinburgh City of becoming a living wage space, but also the consequences for other areas as poor quality jobs are pushed out.

She draws on her work with Dr. Ishbel McWha-Hermann to argue why we should be focusing on decent work rather than work per se if we are going to have a healthier, more productive and more sustainable society.  

 

Spotlight is a podcast from the University of Glasgow, which looks at public policy and the political process. 

Edinburgh and the Living Wage

16 November 2021

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Today, we publish this webinar held as part of a series of events during Living Wage Week. 

 

It launched Edinburgh City Council’s Living Wage City initiative and brought together Living Wage Scotland, the EAWOP impact incubator, Edinburgh City Council, the Adam Smith Business School of the University of Glasgow and University of Edinburgh Business School.

 

Meet the policy makers, employers and employees, trade unions and NGOs, working together — and informed by work psychological science — making the active evidence-based decisions to include living wages as part of the city’s strategy. It recognises this critical part of work and how it is structured and remunerated, not just for businesses, but for wider society. 

 

If you would like to find out more, please visit the Decent Work heading for free access to the science and policy briefs on this topic, or Living Wage Scotland which will be able to support you and your business to making this change.

The Living Wage: Showcasing the latest cutting edge research

23 September 2021

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Our webinar on 18 November launches the European Journal of Work and Organisational Psychology’s special issue on living wages, and the EAWOP & ESRC Impact Accelerator Living Wage game.

Workers from marginalized and vulnerable groups have been struck hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic. Our webinar links to an EAWOP’s special issue on living wages.

Silence is golden?

23 September 2021

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“Silence is golden” they say, however, work & organisational psychological (WOP) science shows that it can also be dangerous for individuals, organisations and society when people do not feel able to express or actively withhold information and concerns. 

 

Our webinar on 30 November explores why silence in organisations can be far from a good thing, why it occurs, how to detect and remedy its unintended consequences.

EAWOP Living Wage animation now in Polish, Thai, German, Filipino 

13 September 2021

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Today we’ve uploaded onto our YouTube channel Polish, Thai, German, Filipino versions of our Living Wage animation.

 

It not only distills why living wages matter to individuals, their families, their employers and wider society, but it now distills it into other languages.

 

We’ve even added subtitles!

Reference list added for "Why do good people do bad things?" 

9 June 2021

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The science behind the EAWOPii "Why do good people do bad things?" threats & securities animation.

New publication added on Young People’s Work, Employment and Careers

8 June 2021

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A special issue of the EAWOP Practitioner's E-Journal on Young People's Work, Employment and Careers.

This Special Issue features a mix of full-length empirical papers and stakeholder interviews focusing on key themes related to youth employment, a global social and economic challenge. 

EAWOP Living Wage animation now in Romanian, Portuguese and Mandarin

1 June 2021

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Today we’ve uploaded onto our YouTube channel, Romanian, Portuguese and Mandarin versions of our Living Wage animation.

 

It not only distills why living wages matter to individuals, their families, their employers and wider society, but it now distills it into other languages.

 

We’ve even added subtitles!

EAWOP Living Wage animation now in Spanish and French

21 May 2021

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Today we’ve uploaded onto our YouTube channel, Spanish and French versions of our Living Wage animation.

 

It not only distills why living wages matter to individuals, their families, their employers and wider society, but it now distills it into French and Spanish.

 

We’ve even added subtitles!

Living Wage Animation launch event “great success” 

18 May 2021

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EAWOPii's first event on 11 May attracted an enthusiastic reception, with 45 attendees from 13 countries enjoying the first presentation of our eagerly anticipated Living Wage animation. 

EAWOP launch their first animation

11 May 2021

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EAWOP launch their first animation, translating science about living wages and their impact on people & employers.

Report: Learning From COVID-19

April 2021

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A Professional Standards Authority case-study review of the initial crisis response of 10 UK health and social care professional regulators in 2020.

Report: SARS-CoV-2: testing & workplace

16 February 2021

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The UK Health and Safety Executive Workplace Health Expert Committee (WHEC) was asked to consider the role of SARS-CoV-2 testing as part of a risk mitigation strategy in a workplace setting. The main types of detection assay are described and the differences between evidence of “infection” and “infectivity” are highlighted. The issues of sensitivity, specifcity and predictive values of tests are discussed together with the impact on those measures of sampling quality and levels of community transmission. The delay between sampling and receiving results is a signifcant practical issue in the workplace and, in general, there is a trade-off between speed and accuracy.

Living wages and COVID-19

11 November 2020

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Work should lift people out of poverty - but, increasingly, those in low-paid jobs are suffering as much as the unemployed. The Living Wage offers a solution. It is a wage sufficient to live a decent standard of life, independent of welfare and other public subsidies. While some have previously argued that living wages distort labour markets and increase organisational costs, our review offers an alternative perspective.

How EAWOPii started

November 2020

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In 2019 at the bi-annual EAWOP conference in Turin, the EAWOP General Meeting decided to develop a unit with the goal of informing and underpinning European policy development regarding people, work and organization based on the science and practice of Work and Organizational psychology.


The EAWOP impact incubator started in November 2020, with the appointment of its inaugural Director, Prof Rosalind Searle. She is responsible for developing this new strategic and policy focused area for EAWOP.

Report: Evaluating interventions in work-related ill health and disease

November 2020

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Evaluation of interventions in the workplace, intended to reduce the risk of ill health caused by hazards, both physical and psychological, is needed if what works is to be distinguished from what does not and undesirable, yet unforeseen, consequences are to be recognised.

 

This paper discusses different types of interventions and the methods whereby their effectiveness may be tested.

 

There is a focus on the difficulties of evaluating interventions that comprise several dimensions and on those that may be highly context-specific and of limited generalisability.