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David Shoesmith
Business Development Manager


A reliable, self-dependent workforce is key to sustaining the success of businesses through these times of change. Drawing on their workforces’ ability to cope with work pressures created by economic factors and organisational change is the most cost-effective way for businesses to achieve this. To do so, organisations need to aim to improve the ability of their staff to anticipate stress and minimise its negative impact.

Join our research programme to examine these key questions:

  • Why are challenging organisational environments potentially beneficial for individual wellbeing and organisational outcomes?
  • What are the different aspects of resilience in organisations, including individual, team and organisational resilience, that can create an environment of success?


Related Reports

Symptoms of depression and their effects on employment
This study looks at the role that symptoms associated with depression can have on an individual’s ability to find a job, or remain in employment.

Karen Steadman and Tyna Taskila
21 May 2015

Healthy Work: Evidence into Action
Drawing on expertise of The Work Foundation, this report shows how employers, government and health services can better support the health of UK workers.

Helen Vaughan-Jones and Leela Barham
29 June 2010

Why Do Employees Come to Work When Ill? An investigation into sickness presence in the workplace
One of the UK’s first studies to investigate the links between sickness presence and individual performance could also help reduce sickness absence.

Katherine Ashby and Michelle Mahdon
16 April 2010

The Business Case for Employees' Health and Wellbeing
A report prepared for Investors in People UK.

Stephen Bevan
28 February 2010

Healthy Work: Challenges and opportunities to 2030
An older and sicker workforce is likely to pose significant challenges to the productivity of business organisations. Work needs to be central to efforts to improve the health of British workers.

Written by Bupa , The Oxford Alliance, RAND Europe and The Work Foundation
03 April 2009

Can ‘good work’ keep employees healthy? Evidence from across the EU
This paper examines the relationship between changing occupations and workers’ health and wellbeing

Rebecca Fauth and Alana McVerry
01 June 2008

Stress at Work
Stress is everywhere, but as a relatively new phenomenon. How can we define it and how can we explain its extraordinary cost to both business and government?

Ricardo Blaug, Amy Kenyon and Rohit Lekhi
01 February 2007

Healthy work: productive workplaces - why the UK needs more 'good jobs'
Discusses the United Kingdom government's strategy on health and work, and contends that it lacks cohesion and will have little impact on the real issues affecting health and productivity

David Coats and Catherine Max
01 December 2005

Related Events

Blue Monday Wellbeing Webinar
We are hosting this webinar to coincide with Blue Monday, thought to be the most depressing day of the year, and to discuss the following topics: • The future of the workforce: trends likely to impact wellbeing and engagement of staff (long-term conditions, ageing, offshoring leads to workforce cuts etc) • Changes in society: women in work, child and eldercare responsibilities. What are the banks doing to support this? • Changes in patterns of working: 24/7 demand for availability. Is th

Mon, 21 January 2013
12:00 - 13:00

Employment Law Seminar: Resilience and sickness absence
In this event Dickinson Dees provided practical hints and tips on dealing with sickness absence, and, in particular the management of employees suffering from stress.

Wed, 10 October 2012
09:00 - 12:00

Resilience at Work
Can employee resilience be improved through thoughtful organisational interventions?

Fri, 16 September 2011
10:30 - 12:00

Blue Monday - The Antidote
This event will challenge you to think creatively about mental health at work, looking at what employers can do to mitigate the increasing pressures on people at work and how we can reduce the stigma of mental ill-health.

Mon, 16 January 2012
16:00 - 18:00

The Robertson Cooper conference: The business wellbeing network conference 2011
This conference from Robertson Cooper aims to provide those responsible for employee wellbeing with information and tools to stimulate their wellbeing programmes.

Thu, 08 December 2011
09:00 - 17:00

Related Blogs

Labour Market Stats September 2016
There have been substantial gains in the numbers of workers in full-time jobs, be they employees or self-employed. Much of this gain comes from a reduction in the number of economically inactive people, a trend that looks set to continue. It is still therefore the case that expansion continues without imposing significant wage pressures.

14 September 2016

Responding to the diagnosis of a long-term health condition - a view from an occupational physician
One of the great achievements of modern medicine has been the incredible increases in life expectancy which citizens in most countries now enjoy. Yet, as we know, one of the consequences of living longer is an increased susceptibility to a number chronic illnesses which can erode our quality of life and compromise our ability to live independently or continue to have full and fulfilling working lives... Read more...

President, Faculty of Occupational Medicine; Vice-president of Health and Chief Medical Officer, BP
08 March 2016

Wellbeing in Schools - launch of an innovative new pilot programme
Schools play a very big part in shaping the current and future wellbeing of a large population of people, each is a community with significant ‘reach’ and influence... Steve Bevan talks about a new initiative launched this week by Nuffield Health with the support of The Work Foundation.

Director of Research
10 September 2015

Managing symptoms, managing work: Depression and employment
Having depression can be a significant barrier to working. Previous research has highlighted that people with depression (as with other mental health conditions) are more likely to unemployed or workless than the general population. This is despite the fact that many who experience mental health conditions are...

Senior Researcher
21 May 2015

Depression and work
Familiarity breeds contempt. And if not contempt, then the very definite possibility that nuance and complexity might not be fully grasped... Dr Max Henderson, Senior Clinical Lecturer at King's College London, discusses the impact of the symptoms of depression on employment.

Senior Clinical Lecturer, King's College London
21 May 2015

Time to talk about mental health
Today people across the country will be sitting down to have a cup of tea and a chat about mental health as part of Time to Talk Day. Time to Talk Day is an initiative being run by Time to Change to get people talking about mental health, to foster supportive workplaces and communities, and to tackle the stigma surrounding mental health conditions.

06 February 2014

Keep taking the pills: your job may depend on it
The chair of the The Work Foundation 2013 Annual Debate: Will robots and enhanced humans steal our jobs? looks at the perspective of human enhancement.

Anjana Ahuja
05 June 2013

Life after prison: reoffending, social exclusion and unemployment
With a proposal in the Queen's speech to reform the process and service delivery of rehabilitation for prisoners, Karen Steadman provides some insight into what the proposals will mean.

Karen Steadman
09 May 2013

Board level leadership is vital in promoting good staff health
The Staff Health Improvement project's new report, released today, argues that proactive board level leadership, strong organisational values that explicitly link to staff health and staff engagement are amongst the elements required for successful implementation of staff health and wellbeing values.

Mike West
28 November 2012

Why companies need to know when to stop pressurising their staff
In its Global Workforce Study, Towers Watson found that more than one in three employees are affected by excessive pressure in their job. Where is this pressure coming from?

Ksenia Zheltoukhova
20 November 2012

Sickness presence makes the heart grow weaker?
The 2012 CIPD Survey on Absence Management, published this week raises serious questions about the extent of presenteeism in the UK workforce.

Stephen Bevan
10 October 2012

Is bribery the best route to sustainable health?
A recent Daily Mail article announcing the NHS plans to pay £1 for every pound of lost weight to eager volunteers has sparked wide debate about the ethics of monetary incentives for healthy behaviours.

Ksenia Zheltoukhova
18 April 2012

Keep Calm and Carry On – Why we need to support resilience in the workforce
There seems to be no let-up in sight to the gloomy economic outlook. Growth is stagnant, unemployment is growing, fear of job loss remains high and pressure on workers and their families is building.

Professor Stephen Bevan
08 December 2011

A letter from São Paulo: Improving Health and Wellbeing for workers in Brazil
Last week I was invited to speak at a conference on Health at Work hosted by CPH Health in São Paulo. The meeting brought together over 350 of Brazilian employers looking to improve their business outcomes by investing into health and wellbeing of their workforce.

Ksenia Zheltoukhova
02 November 2011

Reflections on health, work and wellbeing at the Labour Party Conference
It seems that health, work and wellbeing is everywhere at present. There is a conference almost every month, workshops, publications, the message has even reached our television screens with multi coloured plasticine people encouraging viewers to be fit and healthy.

Dean Royles, Director of NHS Employers
10 October 2011

Ready to work
Work prospects of up to 100 000 people in the UK are affected by multiple sclerosis (MS). Thousands more stay out of the labour market to care for a relative with MS

Ksenia Zheltoukhova
21 June 2011

Wanted: Modern employment support for disabled people
Amid last week’s fuss about the launch of the government’s Work Programme (a fuss ably contributed to by my colleague Dr Neil Lee!), the launch of the Sayce Review of employment support for disabled people on Thursday was almost overshadowed.

Stephen Bevan
14 June 2011

Mental health at Work – Still the elephant in the room?
This week there has been plenty of good quality coverage of the issue of mental health in the workplace. This is largely down to the excellent 'Taking care of business' campaign by the mental health charity Mind. On Tuesday I was invited to participate in a business summit, organised by Mind, hosted by AXA and addressed by Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform.

Stephen Bevan
20 May 2011

Two years on ESA: More likely to die or retire than return to work
The migration of people from long-term sickness absence onto Employment Support Allowance (ESA) – formerly Incapacity Benefit stands at about 3000 each week. Research published last week showed that the majority of these claimants are now suffering from mental health problems, with employers and the government seemingly powerless to stem the flow.

Stephen Bevan
12 May 2011

Enhancing workforce resilience, wellbeing & productivity
Here at The Work Foundation we know all too well that many organisations are increasingly worried by the worsening health and wellbeing of their employees (and the bottom line implications)...

Stephen Bevan
11 May 2011

Is there method to happiness?
Eric Weiner, author of 2008 bestseller The Geography of Bliss, had little hope for the UK to become a happy state. Weiner observed that in effect “British culture hinders happiness. The most obvious manifestation is the lack of hugging.”

Ksenia Zheltoukhova
18 April 2011

Enhancing emotional resilience in the workplace
Whichever way you look at it, the UK is immersed in a difficult time. Many organisations are facing uncertainty, job cuts and a period of great change and against this background keeping people engaged and performing well can seem like an uphill battle.....

Guest blog Professor Cary L Cooper, founder of Robertson Cooper, Prof of Organisational Psyc
15 March 2011

Related News

Greater evidence-based help needed for depressed workers
A report from Lancaster University’s Work Foundation published today (21st May 2015) recommends that in order to improve both productivity and health and wellbeing among those of working age, more concerted action must be taken to support people with depression to stay in and to return to work. We call upon government departments at a national and regional level to work together to drive this agenda forward, and commit to improving the provision of evidence-based support to help people with depression achieving vocational outcomes.

21 May 2015

The British Library features a podcast with Professor Stephen Bevan entitled, work to live or live to work?
The British Library features a podcast with Professor Stephen Bevan entitled, work to live or live to work?

The British Library
04 June 2013

‘Nudge’ not enough to transform health of the nation: The government must also consider regulation and financial incentive
The projected rates of obesity, diabetes and other chronic disease in the UK population to 2050 are increasing so rapidly that the government’s fondness for ‘nudging’

Cary Cooper & Stephen Bevan
19 July 2011