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.