Our research, resources and publications
Research, including tools and resources developed
Using the IGLOo framework to stay mentally healthy at work during the Covid-19 outbreak

This guidance has been developed by combining the latest evidence on the prevention of mental ill-health at work with insights from our recent project - funded by the ESRC Productivity Insights Network and conducted in collaboration with Professor Karina Nielsen at the University of Sheffield - that explores the resources required to support employees returning to work following mental ill-health sickness absence. We used our recently developed IGLOo framework - that considers individual, group, leader, organisational resources - to identify the resources that can help people to stay mental healthy at work. For further information about our return to work research, please read the report: 


Thriving at work - Using the IGLOO framework to support sustainable return to work

Funded by the ESRC Productivity Insights Network and in collaboration with Professor Karina Nielsen at the University of Sheffield, this project 'Thriving at Work’ explores the resources required to support employees returning to work following mental ill-health sickness absence. We used our recently developed IGLOo framework - that considers individual, group, leader, organisational resources - to identify the resources that support sustainable return. In addition to the research report, we have created a short summary video and guidance for employees, colleagues, line managers and HR professionals. 

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2WTi_p0f0A&feature=youtu.be 

Read the report: https://productivityinsightsnetwork.co.uk/app/uploads/2019/07/Pioneer-Project_Thriving-at-Work.pdf 

Flexible working

This evidence based guide commissioned by the CIPD aims to help people professionals and organisations effectively implement flexible working. The guide and case studies can be downloaded here: https://www.cipd.co.uk/knowledge/fundamentals/relations/flexible-working/cross-sector-insights-guide

The flexible working toolkit can be downloaded here: https://www.cipd.co.uk/knowledge/fundamentals/relations/flexible-working/hr-toolkit

Out of sight, out of mind? Managing occupational safety and health for distributed or remote workers

Funded by IOSH and conducted in collaboration with the University of East Anglia, this project explored how managers and safety and health practitioners can best support the safety and health of distributed or remote workers – those who spend at least some of their work time working away from a main office or location. It generated a toolkit of materials designed to help practitioners and line managers understand the challenges and develop the relevant behavioural approaches.

- Full toolkit, together with an explanatory video and the full research report can be downloaded at: https://www.iosh.co.uk/outofsight



Psychological implications of business travel study report

This research commissioned by International SOS Foundation explored how business travel impacts travelling executives. The study explored the psychological implications in addition to organisational, social and individual factors that support and hinder psychological health.

The white paper and a range of tools, guidance and checklists can be downloaded from the International SOS Foundation website: http://learn.internationalsosfoundation.org/Psychology_Study

Developing managers to manage sustainable employee engagement, health and wellbeing

This project reviewed all the available literature about what affects the success of programmes to develop managers to manage in ways that improve employee engagement, health and wellbeing. It resulted in the creation of a set of checklists that highlight the range of factors that can enhance or reduce effectiveness of such programmes, together with a maturity model and other materials, with the aim of helping organisations in implementing programmes successfully.

The checklists and guidance developed, together with other materials and the report on the underlying research can be downloaded at: http://www.cipd.co.uk/hr-resources/research/developing-managers.aspx


Managing for sustainable employee engagement – what managers need to do

This research developed a behavioural framework setting out what managers need to do to engender engagement in their team, while at the same time preventing stress/protecting wellbeing, in order to create sustainable employee engagement. This brings together our previous work on management competencies for enhancing engagement and for preventing and reducing stress at work.

A guidance leaflet based on the research can be downloaded at: http://www.cipd.co.uk/publicpolicy/policy-reports/engagement-behavioural-framework-guidance.aspx

Management competencies for preventing and reducing stress at work

This research programme explored what managers need to do to prevent and reduce stress in their employees. It developed a framework of relevant manager behaviours, and evaluated an intervention to support managers in developing their skills.

- Three guidance leaflets based on the research are provided below: MCPARS framework; MCPARS guide HR; MCPARS guide managers

- Self-report version of the stress management competencies indicator questionnaire to measure the management behaviours for preventing and reducing stress is available at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/stress/mcit.htm 

- Full research reports can be downloaded as follows:

Manager support for return to work following long term sickness absence

This research explored what managers need to do to support employees following long terms sickness absence and developed a framework of relevant behaviours.

Guidance leaflet based on the research can be downloaded from the CIPD website: http://www.cipd.co.uk/subjects/hrpract/absence/_manager_support_long_term_sickness

- Checklist for managers to help them support an employee’s return to work can be downloaded from: http://www.bohrf.org.uk/downloads/Manager_support_checklist.pdf

- Full research report can be downloaded from the BOHRF website: http://www.bohrf.org.uk/projects/rehabilitation.html

Management competencies for enhancing employee engagement

This research used a similar methodology to the “Management competencies for preventing and reducing stress at work” research to explore what managers need to do to enhance employee engagement. It developed a framework of relevant behaviours, which we subsequently combined with the preventing stress findings to create the “Managing for sustainable employee engagement” behavioural framework.

Managing conflict – a guide for managers

We developed a competency framework for Managing Conflict based on our research findings on preventing and reducing stress. The CIPD has used this as part of a guide for managers that provided behavioural descriptors and case study vignettes to help managers understand how best to manage conflict in their team.

Perspectives on leadership

Commissioned by the CIPD, this report provides an overview of recent developments in leadership theory and research, including leadership development, and looks at the implications for HR practitioners.

Cancer and work self-management tools for employees

In collaboration with the University of Loughborough and sponsored by Macmillan Cancer Care, this project developed a self-management tool to help people resolve work issues during their cancer journey by asking the right questions of the right people:


A further collaborative project developed a similar self-management tool for those caring for people with cancer while working: http://www.macmillan.org.uk/documents/cancerinfo/livingwithandaftercancer/workandcancerpdfs/workitoutforcarers_2013.pdf  

Return to work after cancer

This project, funded by IOSH and conducted in collaboration with the Institute of Occupational Medicine and Loughborough University considered the occupational safety and health considerations of returning to work after cancer. It generated a range of tools and case studies as well as a research report:


Developing resilience

This research explored the interventions being used to develop resilience at organisational and individual level and provides a summary of the evidence available.

- Practitioner guide: http://www.cipd.co.uk/hr-resources/guides/developing-resilience-evidence-guide.aspx

- Research report: http://www.cipd.co.uk/hr-resources/research/developing-resilience.aspx

Business case for wellbeing and engagement: literature review

We carried out a literature review for a project about wellbeing and engagement in higher education institutions, which looked at the literature around the business case for wellbeing and engagement interventions. The report, reference list and spreadsheet of references are available on the UCEA website: http://www.ucea.ac.uk/en/empres/epl/engage-well/wellbeing-proj-resources/index.cfm.

National policy resources
Engage for Success – evidence paper on links between wellbeing and engagement

We were part of the Engage for Success wellbeing subgroup responsible for producing a report about the evidence for the linkage between employee engagement and wellbeing, and the consequential impact on individual and organisational performance. Available on the Engage for Success website: http://engageforsuccess.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/wellbeing-and-engagement-04June2014-Final.pdf  

The future of health and wellbeing in the workplace – discussion paper for Acas

A discussion paper put together in collaboration with Acas as part of their ‘Future of Workplace Relations’ series, which reviews the broadening of the health at work agenda in recent times and highlights future challenges to health and wellbeing, such as the aging workforce and economic austerity measures. See: http://www.acas.org.uk/media/pdf/7/k/The_future_of_health_and_wellbeing_in_the_workplace.pdf.

Health and Safety Executive Workplace Health Expert Committee – position papers

We are involved in the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) Workplace Health Expert Committee (WHEC), which provides independent expert opinion to HSE by identifying and assessing new and emerging issues in workplace health. Working under an independent Chair, WHEC gives HSE access to independent, authoritative, impartial and timely expertise on workplace health. It has produced a number of papers, including one on Work-related stress and psychological health, which can be downloaded here and one on Musculoskeletal disorders and mental ill health, which can be downloaded here.

Implementing change within the NHS: Contributions from Occupational Psychology

We were involved in founding a group within the Division of Occupational Psychology of the BPS that is working to enhance the use of Occupational Psychology evidence in public policy making. The first report published by the group is about the contributions that Occupational Psychology can make to addressing the question of how culture change can be implemented within the NHS. It can be downloaded from: http://shop.bps.org.uk/publications/briefing-papers-and-reports/implementing-culture-change-within-the-nhs-contributions-from-occupational-psychology.html

Moving the employee wellbeing agenda forward – thought piece for the CIPD

We contributed a chapter to this collection of thought pieces, published in February 2016, which provided a range of perspectives on wellbeing at work. Available on the CIPD website: https://www.cipd.co.uk/knowledge/culture/well-being/health-agenda-report

Other publications and tools
Online toolkit to support return to work after mental health sickness absence

A toolkit of materials designed to support employees and employers through the return to work process following mental health sickness absence. The toolkit includes employee and manager guides, conversation frameworks, checklists and self-led activities to help improve communication throughout absence and on return.

- Watch an animation here

- View the toolkit here


Online learning materials to help managers to manage employee wellbeing

Managing employee wellbeing online learning package developed in collaboration with Business in the Community: http://www.managingemployeewellbeing.com/bitc

Online learning materials to help managers manage stress with their team

Online learning materials developed in collaboration with Unum: http://sites.unum.co.uk/stress-awareness/HTML/Homepage.html

Book: Preventing stress in organisations: How to develop positive managers

Co-authored by Emma Donaldson-Feilder, Jo Yarker and Rachel Lewis and published by Wiley-Blackwell, this book is based on our Management competencies for preventing and reducing stress at work” research programme. It provides an accessible, evidence-based exploration of how managers can prevent and reduce stress for those they manage. In his review in “People Management” when the book was published, Kevin Friery said “In my dictatorship every manager would be given this book prior to interview and their appointment should be contingent on their ability to demonstrate the ways in which they would implement the learning from it – it’s that good.”

You can buy the book here.

Book: The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of the Psychology of Leadership, Change and Organisational Development

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You can buy the book here.

Book: Work and occupational psychology: Integrating theory and practice

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Corporate wellbeing toolkit

Put together by HRZone and Simplyhealth, this toolkit was developed to help HR professionals more easily access the latest wellbeing research and give them practical advice to help increase wellbeing and productivity in their organisations. We contributed a chapter on the role of managers in raising levels of wellbeing. See: https://www.hrzone.com/resources/corporate-wellbeing-academic-insight-report

Book chapters

We have published the following book chapters: