Completed Research: Wellbeing in the Workplace

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    Benchmarking deployment of eHealth among European GPs

    30 May 2019

    RAND Europe and partners measured the use of ICT and eHealth applications by primary care physicians in the EU 28 Member States and Norway, compared the results with a 2013 study, and analysed the main drivers of change and factors that can enhance or inhibit the role and use of technologies within health care.

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    How nightly bathroom trips affect health and productivity

    12 Mar 2019

    Nocturia —waking two or more times per night to void — is a common condition associated with lower life satisfaction, work engagement and productivity. An economic analysis also finds it costs up to $79 billion lost economic output per year across six countries.

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    Requiring repayment of incentives encourages greater wellness

    27 Nov 2018

    Wellness incentives are more successful when they provide a benefit up front and require repayment if recipients do not maintain a required level of activity, according to a longitudinal study of nearly 500,000 programme participants.

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    Research identifies promising practices in health and wellbeing at work

    25 Jul 2018

    Many health and wellbeing interventions are available to UK employers. Researchers graded them against Nesta standards and developed case studies of the most promising practices that support policy and organisational decision making.

  • Connected Society Thought Leadership Programme

    12 Oct 2017

    RAND Europe worked partnership with the Corsham Institute to design and deliver the 2016 and 2017 Thought Leadership Programmes. The consultations explored the opportunities and challenges that digital technologies are creating within society.

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    Understanding Mental Health in the Research Environment

    22 Aug 2017

    Burnout and stress can be a challenge for university research staff and postgraduates. An exploration of the strengths and limitations of the existing evidence base on mental health in the research environment found that more work is needed to understand both the needs of researchers and how they can be addressed.

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    Companies Should Measure the ROI for Preventive Healthcare Programmes

    30 May 2017

    Only a small amount of pharmaceutical companies measure the return on investment of their workplace health promotion programmes in a systematic manner, but data from GSK clearly demonstrates the potential business case for companies to invest in the health and wellbeing of its workforce.

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    Analysing the Impact of the Workplace Wellbeing Charter

    18 Apr 2017

    Public Health England commissioned an analysis of the take-up and impact of the Workplace Wellbeing Charter; the end product includes a set of case studies to help strengthen and expand the evidence base that underpins the Charter.

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    The Costs of Insufficient Sleep

    30 Nov 2016

    Sleep deprivation is associated with economic losses to five of the world’s largest economies, due to higher mortality risk and productivity losses at work. Economic modelling showed nations can lose up to 3 per cent of their GDP from insufficient sleep.

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    Computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (cCBT) Has Positive Impact

    19 Oct 2016

    Studies of cCBT tools indicate that they have a positive effect on many mental health outcomes, particularly for those with depression, anxiety disorders and insomnia. Fewer studies examined work-related effects, but those were also positive.

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    Accelerating the Internet of Things in the UK

    04 Oct 2016

    Insights from Internet of Things (IoT) implementations and informed users of technology led researchers to support a process for policy feedback that can inform IoT development and adoption in the UK.

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    Better Health Outcomes Are Related to Social Expenditure

    11 May 2016

    Research shows that, across OECD countries, higher levels of social spending are strongly associated with better health, and the association is particularly strong for public social spending. Additionally, the association between social spending and better health strengthens over time.

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    Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in the Workplace

    22 May 2015

    Using data collected in an employer and employee survey for the Britain’s Healthiest Company competition, RAND Europe produced a study detailing the relationship between a broad set of health and lifestyle risk factors and workplace productivity, albeit with a number of significant caveats. Our findings suggest that lack of sleep, financial concerns and giving unpaid care to family members negatively affect productivity.

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    Cambridge Workers Surveyed about Quality of Life

    21 May 2015

    To better its understanding of what the typical employee of a Cambridge business feels about their current quality of life, RAND Europe conducted a survey targeted at the working population of Cambridge. Housing and traffic were the greatest concerns, while leisure, education and health were associated with local area satisfaction.

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    Examining Issues of Gender Equality in the EU

    29 Oct 2014

    Although equality between women and men is one of the founding values of the European Union, there are still considerable differences between men and women, both in the work force and at home, according to research conducted for the EC Directorate-General for Justice.

  • Analytical Support for South Africa's Healthy Company Index

    19 Jun 2014

    The 2014 Healthy Company Index competition in South Africa included research and analytical support from RAND Europe, in an effort to identify South Africa’s Healthiest Company.

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    Psychological Wellbeing and Work in the UK

    20 Jan 2014

    Mental ill-health is associated with high economic and social costs and represents a significant policy challenge in the UK: Mental health is now one of the leading reasons for people claiming sickness absence benefits. Public sector stakeholders commissioned RAND Europe to identify approaches to improve the effectiveness and alignment of health and employment services to achieve better employment outcomes for individuals with mental health problems.

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    Analysis of EU Survey Suggests Ways to Manage Psychosocial Risks at Work

    22 Oct 2012

    Analysis of data collected in the European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks finds that establishments on the whole appear to be taking systemic approaches to the management of psychosocial risks. The size of establishment and country are the strongest determinants of the scope of managing these risks, but management of psychosocial risks in European establishments appears to lag behind the management of general occupational safety and health risks.

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    The Boorman Review: Developing an Evidence Base for NHS Staff Health and Wellbeing

    19 Aug 2009

    This review was tasked with developing an evidence base for potential action to improve the health and wellbeing of NHS staff, as well as making practical recommendations for improvements. The review was initiated by the Department of Health and is headed by Dr Steve Boorman. Working in partnership with The Work Foundation and Aston Business School, RAND Europe led on the literature review, staff perception survey, the call for evidence, and the identification of supporting international good practice work.