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The Living Wage: Showcasing the latest cutting edge research
Date: 18 November 2021
This webinar launches the European Journal of Work and Organisational Psychology’s special issue on living wages, and the EAWOP & ESRC Impact Accelerator Living Wage game.
HR and researchers
Students and the public interested in living wages
Workers from marginalized and vulnerable groups have been struck hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic, precarious contracts and working conditions increasing their exposure to the virus. This webinar links to an European Journal of Work and Organisational Psychology’s special issue on living wages, to reveal how WOP research can contribute to societal grand challenges such as poverty and inequality. The topic of living wages is pertinent for all workers especially those involved in informal and precarious work, regardless of contexts and country. Through 5 short talks the latest WOP conceptual, methodological and empirical work in this area will be showcased, to raise practical questions, and help inform new research agenda.
Those attending this event will gain insight into the WOP science of living wages, with 5 short talks that will how WOP science is expanding knowledge of the impact and consequences of low paid work on workers, organisations and societies. They will have a preview of the new serious game that can be used to raise awareness of low paid work and the experiences for workers and organisations.
This event is part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2021 and was made possible thanks to funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
Edinburgh and the Living Wage
Date: 16 November 2021
Today, we publish the webinar from the ESRC FoSS on “Edinburgh and the Living Wage”, held on 16 November 2021, as part of a series of events during Living Wage Week.
This event 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.
In the video you will meet the policy makers, employers and employees, trade unions and NGOs, working together — and informed by work psychological science — to make 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 look under our 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.
Threats and Securities
Animation Launch Webinar
Date: 8 June 2021
Bad apples, stressed apples or learning apples? Translating work psychological science on how employee-based threats arise.
An animation, four short talks and a practitioners panel unpacking the WOP science behind this product.
Prof Deanne Den Hartog – University of Amsterdam – outlined some of her recent work that considers how to identify “bad apples” employees and their impacts for organisations.
Prof Rosalind Searle – University of Glasgow – explored the science behind social learning, drawing from studies of how corrupting influences can spread between employees in organisations.
Dr Roberta Fida – University of East Anglia – discussed their research on stress and the ways that this can expose service users and organisations to heightened organisational risks.
Dr Michael Knoll – University of Leipzig – focussed on the role of those who notice threats and wrongdoings at work and elaborate on reasons why employees withhold their views, namely, organizational silence.
A practitioner panel then considered how work and organisational psychological science has informed their perspectives with inputs from human resources, regulation, security and fraud detection, and study of organised crime.
Ben Willmott, Head of Policy, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) – UK
Douglas Bilton, Assistant Director of Standards and Policy, Professional Standards Authority – Regulator
Iain MacMillan, Counterfraud Unit (NHS National Services Scotland)
Chris Warburton, Health and safety research officer for the trade union Prospect
Living Wage Animation launch event “great success”
Date: 11 May 2021
See the webinar and the animation, in many languages on the EAWOPii YouTube channel
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.
With a welcome from EAWOPii’s Director Prof Rosalind Searle, the president of EAWOP, Prof Frederik Anseel, outlined why EAWOP had decided to form their impact incubator.
Dr Ishbel McWha-Hermann, who leads the EAWOPii’s Decent Work strand, then outlined the work of the Small Group Meeting in 2019 on living wages, which produced two special issues and briefing documents.
An animation, developed by Prof Searle and Dr McWha-Hermann, offered an effective summary of current research — 115 papers — from across the field, identifying the critical shift in perspective Work and Organisational Psychology provides on living wages and why they matter to individuals, their employers and wider society.
The response to the animation was overwhelmingly positive. Attendees remarked that the clear and digestible nature of the animation will make it a great resource for teaching, training and raising awareness within organisations about the importance of living wages.
After the animation was premiered, Prof Stuart Carr, co-founder of Project Glow (Global Living Organizational Wage) and renowned for his research concerning living wages, provided an overview of the impactful recent work he had done along with other projects elsewhere in the field. Throughout his discussion, Prof Carr presented insights into the various theories and methodologies employed by psychologists exploring the consequences of living wages around the world. He emphasised that the job disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic exacerbates the need for a continued move towards living wages, hailing the EAWOPii’s living wage animation as a fantastic tool to help this effort.
EAWOPii will release their second product — an animation translating work and organisational psychological science concerning how employee-based threats arise in organisationson — on 8 June. Find out more about this event.
Meanwhile, the living wage animation is freely available in several languages on the EAWOPii YouTube channel.
Alfie Tinline Bartholomew