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Our impact

The Work Foundation aims to be the leading independent international authority on work and its future, influencing policy and practice for the benefit of society.

With a long track record of having its evidence and analysis used in government white papers, reviews and legislation, examples of past influence include helping to ban smoking in the workplace and the introduction of the Fit Note to replace the GP Sick Note in 2010.

In recent years, support from and close collaboration with our partners has enabled us to expand our applied research programmes, which influence change in all areas of work. These range from our groundbreaking fit for work programme, conducted across over 30 countries which examined the impact of musculoskeletal disorders on the ability to work and the impact on economies and society through to our highly influential work on the knowledge economy, on the bottom ten million earners in the workforce and on youth unemployment.

In September 2011, we launched the Big Innovation Centre, an exciting and ambitious initiative to transform the UK into a global innovation hub, it is encouraging innovation to balance and grow the UK economy.

Beyond the UK, our advice has been sought out by a range of governments including from Australia, New Zealand and Kuwait. Our reach is continuing to extend overseas and we draw on international examples of good practice to inform UK employers and policy makers.

The Work Foundation is part of Lancaster University – an alliance that enables both organisations to further enhance their impact.

London Creative and Digital Fusion

London Creative and Digital Fusion is a programme of interactive, tailored and in-depth support for creative and digital SMEs across London. Providing links to talent, expertise and resources from leading-edge universities and colleges, the programme is open to ambitious SMEs.

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Youth Unemployment

The number of unemployed young people in the UK stands at almost one million and it has hardly fallen since the recession. Of particular concern are the scarring effects on young people of long term unemployment as well as the economic impact and loss of productivity.

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Fit for Work

The Fit for Work project has looked at the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders in 27 EU countries and beyond. The Fit for Work Coalition joins people with long-term conditions, healthcare professionals, employers and policymakers to improve the health and wellbeing of employees.

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We run a variety of events throughout the year which aim to engage and inform - from current affairs seminars which are relevant to the world of work to exclusive roundtables as well as report launches which discuss and disseminate our research.

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