The Good Work, Mental Health and Well-being Lab
Good work supports mental well-being for everyone. Employers increasingly recognise the need to identify and support people with mental health problems but the wider task is to identify and address those workplace practices which build or undermine mental well-being. Excellent support for individual employees on its own doesn’t address the underlying factors in the workplace that either promote or undermine mental well-being. Employers need to do more to fulfil their duty of care.
Experience and research evidence accumulated over several decades shows that jobs which enable employees to exercise discretion, to work in self-organised teams, to have opportunities for learning and development, to contribute their ideas for improvement and innovation, and to have their voices heard in decisions that affect their work make organisations more productive and their workforce healthier. People are more likely to go home satisfied, feeling that they have done a good job, and this can have a significant impact on mental well-being. These practices have come to be known as ‘workplace innovation’.
The Lab is based on a small, closed network of companies and public sector employers committed to exploring and developing future-focused workplaces that generate positive mental health and well-being for all through healthy and engaging work.
- Enables the sharing of good practice and ideas between workplaces.
- Creates a forum for collaborative innovation and problem solving.
- Bridges the gap between research and practice.
- Draws on experience from our network of leading companies from across Europe.
- Develops practical tools and resources for workplace change.
The Labs will be facilitated by:
Professor Peter Totterdill, Director of Workplace Innovation Europe, an international organisation committed to sharing and developing good practice in the workplace. He has more than 25 years’ experience of helping create high performing workplaces with a high quality of working life through research and practical support for organisations. Peter is an expert advisor to the European Commission and to national and regional governments internationally.
Richard Frost, Lead at Mindful Employer, an NHS initiative providing businesses and organisations across the UK with easier access to information and support for staff who experience stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health conditions.
||Weds 21st - Thurs 22nd June||Nottingham|
A highly interactive event combining insights and knowledge from leading experts with opportunities for participants to learn about each other and to share practical experience. Expert contributors include:
Stavroula Leka, Professor of Work, Health & Policy and Director of the Centre for Organizational Health & Development at the University of Nottingham. She is a Chartered Psychologist and her main interests include the translation of occupational health and safety policy and knowledge into practice, psychosocial risk management and the promotion of mental health in the workplace. Stavroula is an expert advisor to the European Commission, the WHO, the ILO, the European Agency for Safety & Health at Work and the European Parliament.
Steven Dhondt (Prof., PhD), has a doctoral degree in social sciences and is currently senior researcher at TNO and visiting professor at the University of Leuven (Belgium). He mainly does research in the field of work, technology and health, covering various topics such as quality of work, working conditions, technology and work, social innovation, health and well-being. One of his instruments is the WEBA assessment: this tool helps to evaluate the quality of jobs and gives practical directions to improve them. Together with Peter Totterdill, he created the Guide for Workplace Innovation: a practical guide to help build workplace innovation in your organisation. His ability to marry theory and practice is visible in his leadership of the European learning network on Workplace Innovation for the European Commission.
|Macmillan Cancer Support||Tuesday October 10th||London|
Macmillan Cancer Support is one of the largest British charities and provides specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer. Macmillan’s wellbeing programme looks to inspire and support health and wellbeing amongst its workforce to help ensure it achieves its goals: “We need to ensure that Macmillan’s employees are provided with an environment and opportunities that encourage and enable them to lead healthy lives and make choices that support their wellbeing. Macmillan has developed a range of approaches to address wellbeing in the workplace, drawing on research into wellbeing and based on feedback obtained from the Wellbeing Audit. This has led to the development of a range of initiatives aimed at helping staff improve their wellbeing.”
|E.ON||January 2018||Coventry or Nottingham|
E.ON is one of the UK's leading power and gas companies - generating electricity, and retailing power and gas. It is part of the E.ON group, one of the world's largest investor-owned power and gas companies employing around 9,000 people in the UK. E.ON split its operations in January 2016, and now focuses on renewables, energy networks and customer solutions.
|Emma Bridgewater||April 2018||Stoke-on-Trent
Emma Bridgewater is a well-known manufacturer of ceramic homeware, all of which is made in its factory in Stoke-on-Trent, the home of British pottery. Most of the production work is still done by hand, and all the pieces are individually hand-decorated. The company is committed to ensuring the health, well-being and engagement of its workforce, and is keen to share its experiences.
|What are the lessons?||June 2018||TBD|
What have we learned from the Lab to date, and how can we translate our findings into practical ways of building better jobs and workplaces that activiely contribute to mental well-being?