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Professor Stephen  Bevan

Professor Stephen Bevan

Director, Centre for Workforce Effectiveness


Telephone: 020 7976 3516

Stephen is Director of the Centre for Workforce Effectiveness at The Work Foundation and an Honorary Professor at Lancaster University. 

He joined The Work Foundation in 2002 as Director of Research from the Institute for Employment Studies (IES). 

Stephen has carried out research and policy work for the No 10 Policy Unit, HM Treasury, the Cabinet Office, the Department of Health, the Department for Work and Pensions and the European Commission. He has also advised many blue-chip companies on aspects of HR strategy and practice. Stephen has conducted research on high-performance work practices, employee reward strategy, staff engagement and retention and Good Work.

He has written and spoken widely about The Work Foundation's research programmes, both in the UK and overseas, including the: 2009 Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi) Conference in Singapore; 2010 Pan-Hellenic Congress on Occupational Health & Safety; and the Swedish Almedalen in 2010.

He was also a co-author of the final report of the Good Work Commission in 2011.

Stephen is a member of the expert group supporting the government’s review of sickness absence, a member of the McLeod Review’s "guru" group and was an expert advisor to the Hutton Review of Fair Pay in the public sector.

Stephen is Founding President of the Fit for Work Europe Coalition, which promotes active policies to improve labour market participation among people with long-term health conditions. In 2010 he was named in the Top 10 most influential "HR thinkers" of the last five years by HR Magazine. He was Managing Director of The Work Foundation from 2008–2011.

Read his blog posts here.

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Related Reports

Constrained Work? Job enrichment & employee engagement in low wage, low skill jobs
Small investments by organisations in employee engagement for low wage, low skilled workers could see a further £49 billion contributed to the UK economy and help reduce sickness absence.

Emily Anderton and Stephen Bevan
05 February 2014

Fit for Work Russia
Fit for Work is an initiative based on groundbreaking studies, conducted across more than 30 countries in Europe and beyond, which examined the impact of MSDs on individuals’ ability to work and, therefore, their impact on economies and society as a whole.

Ksenia Zheltoukhova and Stephen Bevan
20 January 2014

Compensation Culture: Is executive pay excessive? Does it matter?
This paper explores the current debate about what some would see as ‘excessive’ executive pay in the UK. It looks at the evidence behind claims of damage caused to both civil society and in organisations, due to wide and widening pay dispersion.

Professor Stephen Bevan
18 November 2013

Related Blogs

Mental Health & Work in the UK – a sobering view from the outside
Professor Stephen Bevan blogs about the launch of the OECD’s new report looking at the way the UK supports people in the labour market who are living with mental illness.

Professor Stephen Bevan
10 February 2014

Constrained Work: Are some jobs just too boring to be enriched?
Stephen Bevan argues that until we find ways of building the capacity of UK managers to enrich even the most ‘constrained’ jobs – and to see the great results this can bring - we risk parts of the UK labour market remaining in a low wage, low skill, low aspiration and low morale equilibrium.

Professor Stephen Bevan
05 February 2014

A cautious welcome for Mr Clegg’s mental health challenge
Stephen Bevan comments on the launch this week of the government’s ‘Closing the Gap’ report in which it set out 25 challenges to improve services and outcomes for people with mental illness.

Professor Stephen Bevan
22 January 2014

Related News

UK worst performing OECD country for supporting workforce mental health
The Work Foundation and Paul Burstow MP comment on the launch of a report published today (10 February) by the OECD, Mental Health and Work – UK, hosted at The Work Foundation. The findings show that mental health costs the UK £70 billion each year (about 4.5% GDP) in lost productivity at work and benefits payments. It includes recommendations for policy makers and employers to better tackle the issue.

Anna Kharbanda
10 February 2014

Creating a positive career culture for low wage work could boost productivity
Staff who dislike their jobs are 3 times more likely to call in sick, but creating a positive career culture for low wage work could boost productivity and growth by £49 billion. Improving how low wage, low skilled jobs are designed, such as contact centre work, could boost UK productivity. Recent studies show that 80% of the 587,000 new jobs created in the UK are primarily in low wage work.

Anna Kharbanda
05 February 2014

Highlights of the 2013 Fit for Work Europe Summit
Video highlights of the Fit for Work Europe Summit held in Brussels in October 2013.

04 February 2014