Research Projects on Wellbeing at Work

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

    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 studied this changing world of work, its effect on WRMSDs and post-pandemic considerations for WRMSDs.

    26 Jul 2023

  • Evaluating the Wellbeing Premium Programme

    Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) often find it hard to invest in the health and wellbeing of their employees, or do not invest at all. Researchers evaluated a randomised controlled trial of a financial incentive programme to improve employee health and wellbeing in SMEs in the West Midlands.

    18 Jul 2023

  • Minimum health and safety requirements for the protection of mental health in the workplace

    RAND Europe analyzed the legislation regarding psychosocial risks in the workplace and best practices in EU member states, with a view to making recommendations for how the EU can best support member states.

    07 Jul 2023

  • The Societal and Economic Burden of Insomnia

    Approximately 8 percent of adults suffer from chronic insomnia. In an international study, RAND Europe researchers found that costs related to wellbeing and workplace productivity losses are in the billions.

    17 Mar 2023

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

    To help make working environments safer, it can help to use evidence to inform guidelines, regulations and decision making. Researchers investigated the availability and use of evidence in decision making and recommend several next steps.

    23 Nov 2022

  • Understanding employee wellbeing, work behaviours and work outcomes in a hybrid work context

    Analysis of employee data from one employer, Vitality, suggest that workplace behaviours are associated with wellbeing, that employees can be clustered based on their work behaviours and that improving employee wellbeing is associated with better work and performance outcomes.

    14 Oct 2022

  • Helping NHS staff to evaluate health and wellbeing interventions within the NHS

    To equip wellbeing practitioners within the NHS with the tools and knowledge to enable them to effectively evaluate their wellbeing programmes, and to ensure that they are achieving their objectives, RAND Europe designed and delivered a set of presentational workshops, in partnership with NHS Employers, to each of the five NHS England regions.

    21 Sep 2022

  • Reviewing the work and health research landscape

    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.

    29 Oct 2021

  • Improving working conditions using artificial intelligence

    Increasing investment in technology and computer literacy, and updating existing labour market and employment rules and regulations, could enable AI to reduce human exposure to harmful and hazardous workplace conditions and create more quality and decent jobs.

    08 Jun 2021

  • Insights into the health and wellbeing of Canadian workers

    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.

    04 Jun 2021

  • Can workplace financial interventions support the mental health of young adults?

    Participation in workplace financial wellbeing interventions is associated with better mental health, particularly amongst certain subgroups of workers, according to survey data from healthiest workplace competitions.

    08 Mar 2021

  • Supporting the Asia's Healthiest Workplace Competition

    For three years, RAND Europe has supported AIA Vitality's contest. Doing so enables researchers to explore the health trends—employee lifestyle, clinical indicators, mental health and other areas of concern—among participating Asia-Pacific workplaces.

    02 Dec 2019

  • Britain's Healthiest Workplace survey findings

    Absence and presenteeism accounts for an average of 38 days' lost productivity per employee per year, marking an upward trend in lost productivity since 2014, when the number was only 23 days.

    25 Nov 2019

  • Practices and combinations of practices for health and wellbeing at work

    Researchers are examining the factors that enable or hinder the implementation of workplace health and wellbeing practices. The research will consider whether certain combinations of practices are more effective than other combinations, or effective for some types of organisations and not others.

    29 Aug 2019

  • Does de-escalation training reduce violence in the healthcare environment?

    De-escalation training for NHS staff may not in itself reduce the number of violent or aggressive incidents, but it can contribute to improved workplace wellbeing. Using comprehensive approaches to managing violence in NHS settings may be more effective than de-escalation training alone.

    07 Aug 2019

  • Benchmarking deployment of eHealth among European GPs

    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.

    30 May 2019

  • How nightly bathroom trips affect health and productivity

    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.

    12 Mar 2019

  • Requiring repayment of incentives encourages greater wellness

    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.

    27 Nov 2018

  • Research identifies promising practices in health and wellbeing at work

    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.

    25 Jul 2018