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At the Future Work Centre we use a scientific approach to explore the world of work and help organisations and individuals make better, more evidence-based decisions. This means combining a scientific mind-set and a questioning outlook with several other ‘ingredients’ to improve decision-making and challenge misleading claims or organisational myths. We weigh up the available […]

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Recent coverage in the general and HR media has reported some high-profile decisions to abandon or replace the traditional performance review. The Future Work Centre wanted to understand whether these decisions were actually underpinned by evidence and data, or whether organisations might be engaging in an HR-related fad. They undertook a review of the academic evidence and […]

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This paper takes a critical look at the concept of employee engagement. Despite having grown in popularity over the last twenty years, there is little scientific evidence to support some of the impressive claims made about engagement. In a review of the literature, four main problems with engagement were highlighted; lack of an agreed definition, conceptual […]

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Employers should support older workers to ‘wind-down’ into retirement with bridging jobs or reduce their working hours to avoid poor Wellbeing, a new international study reveals. The study, that looked at all existing research, showed part-time working towards the end of our careers improves life satisfaction. However, the research highlights that this depends on whether […]

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Last year, People Lab carried out their first ever in-depth look at the employee engagement profession and industry via their #SpotlightOn research.  Over 75 organisations took part and provided them with some fascinating and valuable insights. You can read the 2016 white-paper here. In the 2016 survey they found that: Over half of organisations (53 per cent) do not measure the […]

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Supercomputer Watson has taken its education to a new level. After obliterating the competition on the US famed game show Jeopardy in 2011, IBM’s Watson is now capable of performing diagnostics on human patients. MIT’s Andrew McAfee was quoted in an interview with Smart Planet saying, “Watson… basically went to med school after it won […]

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Employee engagement is both an art and a science. As the former, it requires subtletly and nuance; as the latter, it calls for structured practices that have been proven to deliver. One of such practices is online pulse surveying and the like, which allow for incorporating the voice of all employees. But these digital innovations […]

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Technology has been the catalyst for a number of workplace changes in recent years, and it is now enabling more flexibility than ever before. The adoption of smartphones, cloud computing, and video conferencing tools like Skype has meant that connectivity and collaboration over long distances has never been easier and businesses are beginning to take […]

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