Ashurst Global Survey on Psychosocial and Psychological Risks in the Workplace Report November 2023

This survey by global law firm Ashurst of 170 senior business leaders including Australia’s top 200 ASX listed companies and large government agencies, reveals eight findings on how organisations are managing psychosocial risks in the workplace. The report found that while there is a rising awareness of how psychological health can impact workers, many employers are still struggling to manage the issue.

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Organisational Wellbeing Interventions: Case Studies from the NHS (2023)

This recent UK based research explores the impact of organisational interventions in the NHS to support staff wellbeing and details learnings, enablers and barriers that affected the success of each intervention. Example interventions include overhauling staff rotas and shift patterns, removing bureaucracy and meeting times, changing patient care processes, co-designing fatigue management strategies, and improving team formation and psychological support.

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NIOSH Worker Well-Being Questionnaire (WellBQ)

This tool provides an integrated assessment of worker wellbeing across multiple spheres, including individuals’ quality of working life, circumstances outside of work, and physical and mental health status.The instrument is intended to help researchers, employers, workers, practitioners, and policymakers understand the wellbeing of workers and target interventions, and is also available in Spanish.

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Workplace Wellbeing and Firm Performance (2023)

This recent research from University of Oxford and Harvard University of over 1600 U.S. companies explores the association between employee wellbeing and firm profitability. The study found companies with the highest levels of wellbeing outperformed standard benchmarks in the stock market, also acknowledging limitations to the analyses and directions for further research.

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2024 Global Human Capital Trends

The latest survey of over 14,000 respondents across 95 countries reveals that a focus on the human factor is emerging as the bridge between knowing what shifts are shaping the future of work and doing things to make real progress. It explores how the more boundaryless work becomes, the more important uniquely human capabilities—like empathy and curiosity— will become.

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Relationship between night shift and sleep problems, risk of metabolic abnormalities of nurses: a 2 years follow-up retrospective analysis in the National Nurse Health Study (NNHS) (2023)

This recent Chinese cohort study of 730 nurses examined the relationship between night shift and sleep problems and metabolic abnormalities risk. Higher night shift load was associated with more sleep problems such as shortened sleep duration, sleep disorders, poor sleep quality and sleep deprivation. Night shift load was also associated with chronic diseases risk factors including increased body mass index, body fat, triglycerides and low levels of HDL ('good') cholesterol.

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Return-to-Office Mandates

This U.S. based research examined the determinants and consequences of return-to-office (RTO) mandates of 500 firms. It found those implementing RTO mandates weren’t any more successful than those who maintained hybrid working practices, and were more likely to be implemented in firms with poor recent performance and powerful male CEOs, with a significant reduction in employee ratings for job satisfaction, work-life balance and perception of senior management. Mandates didn't seem to have any impact on profitability or business performance.

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