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“It’s Business”: A Qualitative Study of Moral Injury in Business Settings; Experiences, Outcomes and Protecting and Exacerbating Factors (PDF, 804 Kb)

Moral injury has primarily been studied from a clinical perspective to assess, diagnose and treat the outcomes of morally injurious experiences in healthcare and military settings. Little is known about the lived experiences of those who have had their moral values transgressed in business settings....

Protocol for a pilot cluster randomised controlled trial of a multicomponent sustainable return to work IGLOo intervention (PDF, 4.4 Mb)

Long-term sickness costs businesses in the United Kingdom (UK) approximately £7 billion per annum. Most long-term sickness absences are attributed to common mental health conditions, which are also highly prevalent in people with acute or musculoskeletal health conditions. This study will pilot...

Developing a competency framework for integrated care working (PDF, 199 Kb)

In July 2022, a statutory requirement for all NHS and social care systems to be organised into integrated care systems came into effect. Integrated care systems are partnerships that bring together healthcare, local government and other agencies to collectively manage service planning, improve health...

The recovery and return to work experiences of workers with long COVID (PDF, 865 Kb)

The severity and longevity of long COVID that has also affected the working population, raises the important question, how organisations can support workers with long COVID to stay and thrive in the workplace. In the present study, we used Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis to explore the lived...

Digital Training Program for Line Managers (Managing Minds at Work): Protocol for a Feasibility Pilot Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial

Line managers hold a primary role in preventing poor mental health within the workplace and, therefore, need to be equipped with the skills and knowledge to effectively carry out this role. The Managing Minds at Work (MMW) intervention aims to increase line managers' knowledge and confidence in preventing...

Coaching culture: an evidence review and framework for future research and practice

Given the colossal interest in creating coaching cultures', we update the 2014 literature review by Gormley and van Nieuwerburgh and extend this work by applying a Systematic Literature Review (SLR) methodology. In doing so, we detangle definitions and the conditions under which 'coaching cultures' can...

Thrivers, survivors or exiteers: A longitudinal, interpretative phenomenological analysis of the post‐return‐to‐work journeys for workers with common mental disorders

The research on return to work for workers with common mental disorders has primarily focused on the pre-return journey. Relapses and recurrent sick leaves are prevalent and call for research on how we can support workers stay and thrive at work after long-term sickness absence due to common mental disorders....

Work fatigue during COVID-19 lockdown teleworking: the role of psychosocial, environmental, and social working conditions

During national lockdowns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, previously office-based workers who transitioned to home-based teleworking faced additional demands (e.g., childcare, inadequate homeworking spaces) likely resulting in poor work privacy fit. Previous office research suggests poor work privacy...

Meta-synthesis of qualitative research on the barriers and facilitators to implementing workplace mental health interventions

Purpose: There has been a rapid increase in the number of mental health interventions implemented in the
workplace. The efficacy of these interventions has been mixed. The factors influencing implementation may offer
insights to why some interventions fail to be effective.
Method: We conducted a meta-synthesis...

Employees' experience of supervisor behaviour - a support or a hindrance on their return-to-work journey with a CMD? A qualitative study

Supervisors play an important role in supporting employees to return to work following sickness absence due to common mental disorders; stress, anxiety and depression, however, employees may not always feel supported. We examined employees' perceptions of their supervisors' attitudes and behaviours pre,...

"What can I do for you? Line managers' behaviours to support return to work for workers with common mental disorders"

Sustainable return to work remains challenging for workers returning after long-term sick leave due to common mental disorders (CMDs): stress, anxiety and depression. Line managers play a significant role in supporting returned workers. Therefore, the purpose of this qualitative study was to examine...

Physical Workplace Adjustments to Support Neurodivergent Workers: A Systematic Review

This review examined the extent, nature and quality of the current empirical evidence for physical workplace adjustment to support occupational longevity, performance and health/well-being in ND workers because of their specific sensory needs. Our results indicate that the research is generally not well-developed,...

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...

Future Teleworking Inclinations Post-COVID-19: Examining the Role of Teleworking Conditions and Perceived Productivity (PDF, 1.2 Mb)

This study investigated the relationships between the context of home-based teleworking during the pandemic (pandemic-teleworking conditions), productivity perceptions during home-based teleworking, and employees' future teleworking inclinations (FTI) beyond the pandemic. Specifically, the study examined...

Protocol For A Feasibility Randomised Controlled Study Of A Multicomponent Intervention To Promote A Sustainable Return-To-Work Of Workers On Long Term Sick Leave (PDF, 991 Kb)

The cost of sickness absence has major social, psychological, and financial implications for individuals and organisations. Return-to-work (RTW) interventions that support good quality communication and contact with the workplace can reduce the length of sickness absence by between 15 to 30 days. However,...

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...

Evaluation Of A Natural Workspace Intervention With Active Design Features On Movement, Interaction And Health (PNG, 347 Kb, 794x1123)

There is increasing focus on designing workspaces that promote less sitting, more movement and interaction to improve physical and mental health. This study evaluates a natural intervention of a new workplace with active design features and its relocation to a greener and open space.
An ecological model...

Measuring self-confidence in workplace settings: A conceptual and methodological review of measures of self-confidence, self-efficacy and self-esteem

Coaching is often used to improve self-confidence however little is known about how self-confidence is measured. For practitioners looking to evaluate their work, being able to measure self-confidence is key. This systematic review presents findings from a conceptual and methodological review of measures...

The development of the Embodied, Dynamic and Inclusive (EDI) model of self-confidence; a conceptual model for use in executive coaching

This paper offers a model of self-confidence for use in executive coaching. Self-confidence is an important coaching topic, yet our understanding of what it is and how it can be developed is limited to narrower concepts of self-efficacy and self-esteem. Current approaches are static and focus on personal...

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...

Lessons For Leadership And Culture When Doctors Become Second Victims: A Systematic Literature Review (PDF, 460 Kb)

This review set out to understand what leaders and organisational cultures can learn about supporting doctors who experience second victim phenomenon; the types, levels and availability of support offered; and the psychological symptoms experienced. A systematic review of keywords 'Medical Error' [MeSH],...

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'...

Women Directors On FTSE Company Boards: An Exploration Of The Factors Influencing Their Appointment (PDF, 12.7 Mb)

This study provides analysis and insight into the views and experiences of 12 top executives of FTSE 350 companies about appointing women to their boards, against background growth in the number of female non-executive directors but the number of female executive director appointments showing no progress....

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...

Igloo: An Intergrated Framework For Sustainable Return To Work In Workers With Common Mental Health Disorders (PDF, 1.7 Mb)

Current research on return to work (RTW) for employees with common mental disorders suffers from two limitations. First, research mostly focuses on the influence of resources during the absence period ignoring the resources which may facilitate sustainable RTW, i.e. employees continuing to work and thrive...

Factors Influencing Uptake And Use Of A New Health Information App For Young People (PDF, 1.4 Mb)

When young people need health information they are increasingly likely to use online sources and health apps (applications). Yet, these are not necessarily well-designed, reliable or appropriate, and research has primarily focused on adult use. Our study is the first to use qualitative mixed methods...

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 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...

Resilience Through The Lens Of Interactionism: A Systematic Review (PDF, 220 Kb)

This systematic review presents findings from a conceptual and methodological review of resilience measures using an interactionist theoretical framework. The review is also intended to update findings from previous systematic reviews. Two databases (EBSCOHost and Scopus) were searched to retrieve empirical...

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...

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