Supporting Healthy Working Behaviours

Providing insights into how to support staff wellbeing, including mental, physical and occupational health

Research, commentary, and events

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    Project

    Occupational safety and health: understanding decision making and the role of evidence

    23 May 2022

    Occupational accidents, illness, and fatalities are a major cause for concern in high- and low-income countries. Researchers are conducting a study to better understand how evidence is used, or not used, when taking decisions related to health and safety.

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    Project

    Understanding the evidence on the impacts of COVID-19 on work-related musculoskeletal disorders

    17 May 2022

    Changes to working practices and environments due to the COVID-19 pandemic may have affected exposure to known work-related musculoskeletal disorder (WRMSD) risk factors. Researchers aim to understand this changing world of work, the effect on WRMSDs and post-pandemic considerations for WRMSDs.

  • Man having panic attack in office, photo by Pixel-Shot/Adobe Stock

    Project

    Reviewing the work and health research landscape

    29 Oct 2021

    Researchers mapped the funding landscape for work and health research in the UK for the first time. They examined how much has been spent in the area since 2015, what types of research topic are funded and what the priorities for future work and health research should be.

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    Project

    Insights into the health and wellbeing of Canadian workers

    04 Jun 2021

    RAND Europe researchers analysed data from 70 Canadian organisations and 7,251 employees that participated in Wellness Report surveys on employee lifestyle, mental health and other areas of concern. The reports assess the associated impact these areas have on health and productivity.

  • A construction worker drags a trolley down a tunnel at the site for the new Crossrail station in Tottenham Court Road, in London, Britain, November 16, 2016

    Commentary

    Mental Health Challenges in the Construction Industry

    11 Jan 2018

    Employers looking to address mental health problems among staff must recognize the causes and understand mental health challenges within the organization. Construction workers could face greater risk than workers in other sectors, but awareness of support and help remains low.

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    Project

    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.

  • Businesswoman suffering from neck pain at the office

    Project

    Evaluation of the Innovation Fund Health-led Trials

    10 Jul 2017

    Innovation Fund Health-led Trials test new ways to address sickness absence and the disability employment gap due to two main conditions: mental health and musculoskeletal disorders. RAND Europe, together with partners, is evaluating the effectiveness of these innovative interventions.

  • Woman with insomnia, and alarm clock on night table showing 3 a.m.

    Project

    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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    Commentary

    Measuring What Works: Workplace Well-Being

    28 Nov 2016

    The link between productivity and well-being is recognized and increasingly accepted as a prerequisite of strong employer and employee performance. HR professionals and CEOs believe that high employee well-being means high staff engagement and a real intention to do well for the workforce.

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    Project

    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.