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Managing Minds at Work: Development of a Digital Line Manager Training Program (PNG, 496 Kb, 1130x1604)

Mental ill-health is the leading cause of sickness absence, creating a high economic burden. Workplace interventions aimed at supporting employers in the prevention of mental ill-health in the workforce are urgently required. Managing Minds at Work is a digital intervention aimed at supporting line managers...

Working with long COVID - guide for colleagues (PDF, 104 Kb)

Drawing on research done by Affinity Health at Work in collaboration with the University of Sheffield, these guides produced by the CIPD offer advice and practical recommendations to provide support to employees with long COVID. This guide is for colleagues to help them support workers with long covid....

Working with long COVID - guide for employees (PDF, 114 Kb)

Drawing on Affinity Health at Work research for the CIPD, involving returning workers, line managers, occupational health, employment advisers, and rehabilitation professionals, HR professionals and the Long COVID Support group, these CIPD guides offer advice and practical recommendations to provide...

Working with long COVID - guide for line managers (PDF, 1.2 Mb)

Drawing on Affinity Health at Work research for the CIPD, involving returning workers, line managers, occupational health, employment advisers, and rehabilitation professionals, HR professionals and the Long COVID Support group, these CIPD guides offer advice and practical recommendations to provide...

Working with long COVID - guide for people professionals (PDF, 373 Kb)

Drawing on Affinity Health at Work research for the CIPD, involving returning workers, line managers, occupational health, employment advisers, and rehabilitation professionals, HR professionals and the Long COVID Support group, these CIPD guides offer advice and practical recommendations to provide...

Interpersonal Mindfulness In Leadership Development: A Delphi Study (PDF, 205 Kb)

Mindfulness is increasingly being used within leadership development to enhance managers' wellbeing and leadership capability. Given the relational nature of leadership, we posit that an interpersonal form of mindfulness has the potential to offer benefits over and above those provided by personal or...

What If Your Job Was Good For You? A Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity To Make Work Better (PDF, 6.4 Mb)

Business in the Community's (BITC) What If Your Job Was Good For You? report identifies actions employers can take to transform wellbeing at work. The report sets out how business leaders can create an environment in which employees feel supported to do their best work. It also outlines how to achieve...

Covid-19 Return To Work Guide: For Managers (PDF, 1.6 Mb)

Working with a multi-disciplinary team, Affinity Health at Work contributed to this guide for the Society of Medicine to support people to return to work following Covid-19 infection

The Psychological Implications Of Remote Rotational Work (PNG, 621 Kb, 1104x1430)

Whether on or offshore, the work and lifestyle of a remote rotational worker is unique. While lucrative for some, it has long been associated with a high impact on mental health and wellbeing. To reveal the true extent of this, the International SOS Foundation commissioned a ground-breaking global study...

Job Crafting As A Work Adjustment Strategy For Workers Returning After Long-Term Sickness Absence Due To Common Mental Disorders (PDF, 383 Kb)

The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the way workers with common mental disorders use job crafting to adjust their work to their levels of functioning after returning from long-term sick leave. Thirty-eight workers who had returned within the last 24-months from sickness absence due to...

Igloo Guide For Returning To Work Following Mental Ill-Health: Guide For Managers (PDF, 626 Kb)

This guide has been developed for managers to support employees to return to and stay in work following absence due to mental ill-health drawing on research conducted with the University of Sheffield.

Cross-Sector Insights On Enabling Flexible Working (PDF, 1.3 Mb)

Growing demand for flexible working and an increasing recognition of its broad benefits have pointed to the need for practical, evidence-based guidance to help people professionals and their organisations to implement it.

This CIPD guide, produced in collaboration with Affinity Health, explores the effective...

What Outcomes Have Mindfulness And Meditation Interventions For Managers And Leaders Achieved? (PDF, 1.5 Mb)

No systematic review had previously been conducted examining the benefits mindfulness or meditation interventions for leaders and managers. However, the literature suggested that such interventions would have a positive impact on leaders' own well-being, their leadership capability, their 'post-conventional'...

Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind? A Literature Review Of Occupational Safety And Health Leadership And Management Of Distributed Workers (PDF, 3.8 Mb)

Distributed workers those who work autonomously and remotely from their organisation's main locations for at least some of their work-time are an important and growing proportion of the workforce that share common characteristics of temporal and spatial distance. Yet, many leadership styles and management...

Perceived Barriers And Facilitators Of Exercise And Weight Management At Work (PDF, 90 Kb)

The objective of this study was to examine employees' perceived barriers and facilitators of physical activity and healthy dietary choices, and managers' perceptions of how best to facilitate physical activity and healthy dietary choices among their team members.
Participants were employees from a large...

Developing Positive Leadership For Employee Wellbeing And Engagement: How Leadership Behaviours Impact Organisational Safety And Wellbeing (JPEG, 38 Kb, 300x431)

'Developing Positive Leadership for Employee Well‐Being and Engagement' is a chapter in the book 'Leading to Occupational Health and Safety: How Leadership Behaviours Impact Organizational Safety and Well-Being', focusing on how leaders can promote wellbeing in their organisations and the positive...

Developing Managers To Manage Sustainable Employee Engagement, Health And Well-Being - Phase Two (PDF, 664 Kb)

Sponsored by the CIPD, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and the Affinity Health at Work Research Consortium, Affinity Health at Work has conducted research to review all the evidence available about what affects the success of developing managers who support employee engagement, health...

Healthy Organisations, Healthy Leadership And Management, Healthy Employees ... For Healthy Performance (PDF, 1.5 Mb)

Contributing to the CIPD's thought piece collection 'Moving the health and well-being agenda forward', this chapter promotes Affinity Health at Work's beliefs and values to the importance of employee wellbeing for healthy and effective organisations.

Developing Managers To Manage Sustainable Employee Engagement, Health And Well-Being - Phase One (PDF, 2.6 Mb)

Sponsored by the CIPD, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and the Affinity Health at Work Research Consortium, Affinity Health at Work has conducted research to review all the evidence available about what affects the success of developing managers who support employee engagement, health...

Wiley-Blackwell Handbook Of The Psychology Of Leadership, Change & Organisational Development (PNG, 150 Kb, 362x564)

Leadership and change are complex, with many different approaches and theories. Co-edited by Rachel Lewis, Managing Partner at Affinity Health at Work, this book shares key research and practical guidance on the psychology of leadership, change and OD.

Managing For Sustainable Employee Engagement: Developing A Behavioural Framework (PNG, 1.3 Mb, 968x1378)

Evidence suggests that employee engagement has a positive and significant effect on organisations, and that managers are pivotal to engagement and wellbeing.
Research, funded by the CIPD and led by Affinity Health at Work through a consortium of employers and other stakeholders, has brought together two...

The Vital Role Of Line Managers In Managing Psychosocial Risks (PNG, 242 Kb, 270x394)

This chapter provides an introduction into the role of line managers in managing risks to employee psychosocial health. It looks at how line managers (or immediate supervisors, used interchangeably) can influence the success of interventions for psychosocial issues through their impact on process and...

Managing for Sustainable Employee Engagement Developing a Behavioural Framework (PDF, 759 Kb)

Although it is widely accepted by both academics and practitioners that employee engagement has a significant and positive impact on both the organisation and the individual, there is no general consensus on the conceptualisation of employee engagement.

This research aims to define employee engagement...

Preventing Stress: Promoting Positive Manager Behaviour Phase 4: How Do Organisations Implement The Findings In Practice? (PDF, 498 Kb)

Our research highlights the pivotal role that line managers play in workplace stress management. For employers to reduce and manage workplace stress effectively they need to ensure that managers demonstrate the skills and behaviours that allow them to manage their staff in ways that minimise work-related...

Preventing Stress In Organisation: How To Develop Positive Manager Behaviour (PNG, 210 Kb, 370x554)

Preventing Stress in Organizations: How to Develop Positive Managers was awarded the British Psychological Society Book Award and offers an innovative, evidence-based approach to help managers prevent and reduce workplace stress in their staff. It provides information on the critical skills managers...

Using A Competency-Based Approach To Identify The Management Behaviours Required To Manage Workplace Stress In Nursing: A Critical Incident Study (PDF, 139 Kb)

Workplace stress is a significant problem in healthcare, especially within nursing. While there is a reasonable consensus regarding the sources of stress and its impact on health and well-being, little is known about the specific line manager behaviours that are associated with the effective and ineffective...

Line Management Competence: The Key To Preventing And Reducing Stress At Work (PDF, 93 Kb)

Work-related stress is a major concern for employers, and the UK Health and Safety Executive has introduced Management Standards for employers to support them in managing stress in the workplace. Managers have a key role to play in minimizing stress-related risks for their staff. Management behaviour...

Management Competencies For Preventing And Reducing Stress At Work: Identifying And Developing The Management Behaviours Necessary To Implement The HSE Management Standards (PDF, 1.2 Mb)

This report presents the findings of the second phase of a research project to identify the specific management behaviours associated with the effective management of stress at work. This phase aimed to: examine the usability of the 'Management competencies for preventing and reducing stress at work'...

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