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Antonella Cardone

The economic and social cost of ignoring MSDs

Authors: Antonella Cardone Executive Director, Fit for Work

08 February 2016

Musculoskeletal diseases (MSDs) are the leading cause of sickness absence in Europe, accounting for half of all absences and 60% of permanent work incapacity. In addition, MSDs can affect annual European GDP by up to 2%, representing around €240bn in costs... Read more...

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Ian Brinkley

Night tubes and seven day working in the NHS - part of the 24 hour society?

Authors: Ian Brinkley

02 February 2016

Is there a trend towards the 24/7 society where we want and need access to an increasing range of services at anytime, day or night? There is good reason to think that unsocial hour working is on the rise enabled by demand and new technologies that means people never quite leave their desks - but is this really the case?

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Paul Barrett

Financial wellbeing ….the missing piece in the employee wellbeing picture

Authors: Paul Barrett

20 January 2016

Financial concerns remain a major issue for millions of people in the UK, while the knock-on effect for the health of people in debt, is serious. Greater awareness is needed, particularly from employers as increasing numbers of employees face in-work poverty.

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Ian Brinkley

New Labour Market Statistics

Authors: Ian Brinkley

20 January 2016

Overall, these are another very positive set of labour market statistics. There has been a big increase in employment, with resumed strong growth in self-employment. There has also been a significant rise in employee jobs, mostly full time and all of them permanent.

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Ian Brinkley

Under-employment in the UK today

Authors: Ian Brinkley Senior Economic Advisor

16 December 2015

The labour market figures released this morning (December 16th) show a labour market in rude health. Unemployment is down again, employment is up, real wages are growing – albeit more slowly than in the past.

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Professor Stephen  Bevan

‘Health’ is just an incomplete diagnosis…

Authors: Professor Stephen Bevan Director of Research

11 December 2015

It’s one of those strange paradoxes that one of the most talked about topics in the European Commission these days is also one where it has the least influence over what happens in individual Member States. In the last two weeks I’ve spoken at three separate events on the big challenge of chronic ill-health in Europe’s (ageing) working population where this paradox was evident...

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Ian Brinkley

Zero hours – can’t get no satisfaction?

Authors: Ian Brinkley Senior Economic Advisor

09 December 2015

If there is one subject in the labour market bound to generate strong reactions, it is zero hours contracts. The most recent CIPD report1, which found that people on zero hours contracts were just as satisfied with their jobs as those on permanent contracts, has ben criticised by some, including the TUC. The CIPD has responded to this criticism by suggesting that this is shooting the messenger.

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Ian Brinkley

LABOUR MARKETS, the SPENDING REVIEW, and the OBR

Authors: Ian Brinkley Senior Economic Advisor

01 December 2015

The Spending Review took place against a benign labour market background, with increasing employment, falling unemployment, strong real wage growth - but no sign of wage inflation. This is broadly speaking how the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) sees things carrying on over the next five years. But what is the story behind this assumption?

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Dr Libby McEnhill

This won’t hurt a bit: how can we support small business to be healthy, wealthy and wise?

Authors: Dr Libby McEnhill Researcher at The Work Foundation

24 November 2015

Although they are individually small in size, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – businesses employing 0-249 people - make a substantial contribution to the UK economy. They account for 99.9% of UK private sector businesses, and 99.3% of these (5.3 million) are ‘small’ businesses, employing less than 50 people. In total, SMEs employ 15.6 million people, or 60% of the private sector workforce, and they contribute 47% - £1.8 trillion – of private sector turnover in the UK.

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Jane Abraham

Overcoming the ‘so what’ question – looking at health and wellbeing from an SME perspective

Authors: Jane Abraham Director and Specialist Advisor on work, wellbeing and health at Flourish Workplace Ltd

24 November 2015

After working in this field for a number of years I have developed a particular interest in engaging SMEs in this agenda. This new report by the Work Foundation echoes many of my experiences with SMEs as I have continually sought to understand what the barriers and enablers are for this sector and how best to engage them at scale.

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Ian Brinkley

The strange world of low pay policy today

Authors: Ian Brinkley

18 November 2015

An unprecedented rise in the National Minimum Wage means that many low income households in work are worse off. A major public focus on the forthcoming Autumn Statement will be whether the Chancellor will find some way to moderate the impact of the planned cuts in tax credits.

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Andrew Marcinko

Equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace - seminar review

Authors: Andrew Marcinko Doctoral Student, Aston Business School

05 November 2015

ESRC seminar series: Embedding EDI in the workplace - the impact of leadership. A review of the recent seminar, held at The Work Foundation

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Dr Libby McEnhill

Making the Work Programme work better: how can welfare-to-work programmes improve support for disadvantaged groups?

Authors: Dr Libby McEnhill Researcher at The Work Foundation

21 October 2015

Today the Work and Pensions Select Committee released its latest report, looking at the Government’s flagship welfare-to-work initiative, the Work Programme. With the programme due for review in 2017, the report reviews contracting and delivery arrangements with a view to producing better outcomes for disadvantaged groups within the labour market.

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Karen Steadman

Working for better mental health - results from a survey of employees

Authors: Karen Steadman Senior Researcher

09 October 2015

One in every eight UK employees– some 4 million people - are working with a mental health condition. Ahead of World Mental Health Day (10th October), we take a moment to look at some of the numbers around mental health and work, and the provision of workplace support to help people to stay in their jobs.

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Karen Steadman

Workforce health – a missing piece in the UK productivity puzzle?

Authors: Karen Steadman Senior Researcher

16 September 2015

The 37 million people that make up the UK working age population are the greatest economic and resource we have. The physical and psychological health of the working age population is often discussed as a health issue, a social issue, or a welfare issue, but it is even more than this. We at The Work Foundation (like many others) believe that the poor health of the UK workforce is also an issue for UK productivity and UK growth. There needs to be cross-government recognition of the multifaceted issue of poor health in the working age population.

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