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Workforce wellbeing

We conduct research to evidence and develop innovations to understand and improve the psychological and physical wellbeing of workforces.

Section-1

Driving 360° Wellbeing.

drive360Our initial work, funded by JLR, led to the identification of key health risks for the company and the development of a protocol to address these risks. We have ongoing work to inform these interventions, although we are seeking funding to take forward the system development and subsequent trail. The developed protocol involves a much improved screening process, followed by risk stratification and triage of interventions. Based on a thorough review of appropriate literature and our previous work, there are three areas of intervention:

1. Lifestyle interventions to reduce health risks (including behavioural interventions to reduce cardiovascular disease and diabetes)

2. Psychological interventions to improve mental health (including digital interventions to reduce anxiety and depression)

3. Leadership interventions to improve the quality of relationships, support and self-efficacy (including digital leadership intervention to improve servant leadership and compassion).

The key outcomes of interest are mental and physical health, as well as job performance and productivity. This project is also relevant to other sectors (including police force and NHS).

Section-2

Understanding the impact of workforce wellbeing on care home residents

foodWe have a project part-funded by Warwickshire Public Health to understand and improve the eating and drinking behaviour of elderly people. Part of this project will identify links between care home staff wellbeing (in particular their stress levels) and the interactions they have with resident with respect to eating, drinking and other activities. This is currently a PhD project and there is a need to conduct a more substantial piece of work in this area.

Eating behaviour at work

ebAdults spend a large proportion of their time at work, interacting with their colleagues. Our work in this area has highlighted the key predictors of eating behaviour at work and we are continuing to explore predictors and possible interventions to increase healthy eating behaviours. Again, this is currently a PhD project and there is a need to conduct a more substantial piece of work in this area.

In addition, we are conducting a series of studies using behaviour science methodologies to better understand people’s perceptions of healthiness. We are comparing how perception of healthiness differs among professionals working in the eating field (e.g., dieticians) and the general public. These studies will inform training interventions and behaviour change programmes.