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The business case for investing in health and wellbeing (PDF, 500 Kb)

Taking an integrated approach to mental health and wellbeing brings gains to health, performance and retention. We provide a summary of the latest research and share cost calculations you can use to estimate the overall cost of poor mental health in your organisation. Our review shows that investing...

Supporting employees with non-pay offers through the cost-of-living crisis (PDF, 1.4 Mb)

The 'cost-of-living crisis', defined as the fall in 'real' disposable income that the UK has been experiencing since late 2021 is having a profound impact on the nation. Inflation reached a 40 year high in October 2022 (ONS, 2022a) and the fiscal year 2022-23 saw the biggest one-year fall in living standards...

Outcomes of Senior Leadership Disclosure of Mental Health Lived Experience

Speaking out on mental health and 'leading by example' is often easier said than done. For those who consider share their experience, the worries round vulnerability, stigma and being judged have historically often been justified. This report examines the research evidence on the outcomes of senior leader...

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...

Introduction to the Working Well Maturity Framework (PDF, 1.1 Mb)

The rapid increase in the number of wellbeing frameworks available has given rise to a bewildering choice for organisations. The Working Well Maturity Framework was developed in response to calls from Affinity's Research Consortium, to develop a clear picture on how frameworks differ and to develop a...

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...

Developing an Understanding of Moral Injury in Business Settings Summary (PDF, 240 Kb)

Moral injury refers to the lasting strong cognitive and emotional response that is caused by performing, witnessing, or failing to prevent an action that violates one's own moral beliefs and expectations (Litz et al., 2009; 2019). Typically, moral injury research has been conducted within military settings,...

Developing an Understanding of Moral Injury in Business Settings (PDF, 584 Kb)

Moral injury refers to the lasting strong cognitive and emotional response that is caused by performing, witnessing, or failing to prevent an action that violates one's own moral beliefs and expectations (Litz et al., 2009; 2019). Typically, moral injury research has been conducted within military settings,...

Managing And Supporting Employees With Long-Term Health Conditions: Guide For People Professionals (PDF, 713 Kb)

Over 15 million people live with a long-term health condition in the UK1 and in 2019/20, there were 32.5 million estimated working days lost due to work-related ill health2. Having good management practices gives employee the best chance of staying in work and fulfilling their potential.

This guide introduces...

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...

Sustainable Return To Work In Mental Health Issues; What Works For Whom? (PNG, 476 Kb, 794x846)

Sustainable return to work in mental health issues; what works for whom?

Work Adjustments For Mental Health Work Adjustments: A Review Of The Evidence And Guidance for Acas (PNG, 381 Kb, 794x1123)

This review examines the evidence and guidance available to inform practices around work adjustments for mental health at work.
It is important that employees experiencing mental ill-health are able to access the support they need to return to work following sickness absence, stay in work and continue...

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...

Navigating the Return-to-Work Experience for New Parents Maintaining Work-Family Well-Being

Parenthood can be one of the most fulfilling, altering, and challenging life events. This book is set within the background of the reality of many parents' return-to-work experience, the task of re-engaging with work and maintaining a job or a career, and the difficulties that parenthood poses for balancing...

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.

Igloo Guide For Returning To Work Following Mental Ill-Health: Guide For Returning Individuals (PDF, 625 Kb)

This guide has been developed for individuals who are returning to work to support them in returning to and stayin in work following absence due to mental ill-health drawing on research conducted with the University of Sheffield.

Igloo Guide For Returning To Work Following Mental Ill-Health: Guide For HR Professionals (PDF, 628 Kb)

This guide has been developed for HR professionals 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.

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

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

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],...

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...

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