Fathering Identities and Men’s Engagement With Flexible Working Arrangements (2024)

New research from Western Sydney University researchers shows how men's identity as a father shapes their engagement with flexible working for caring, and that although fathers want and need flexibility, there still exists some tension between men modifying work for care and expectations for them to be 'ideal workers'.

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The potential of high-performance workplaces for boosting worker productivity, health, and creativity: A comparison between WELL and non-WELL certified environments (2023)

Recent research of 1403 post-occupancy evaluation surveys from 14 open-plan offices (10 WELL-certified and 4 uncertified) in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong found benefits related to satisfaction, health, productivity, and creativity may be achieved by following the WELL building standard.

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Job Quality and Construction Workers’ Mental Health: Life Course Perspective (2022)

Analysis of data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia panel survey by RMIT University researchers revealed that low job security, high job demands, the unfairness of effort and reward and high job intensity are all significant predictors of mental ill-health in manual/non-managerial construction workers.

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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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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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Healthy sleep practices for shift workers: consensus sleep hygiene guidelines using a Delphi methodology (2023)

Recent UK research utilised Delphi methodology to determine the applicability of current guidelines for shift workers, the appropriateness of the term “sleep hygiene,” leading to the subsequent development of 18 guidelines for healthy sleep practices for shift workers.

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A Meta-Analysis of the Relative Contribution of Leadership Styles to Followers’ Mental Health (2022)

This recent global meta-analysis of 53 studies comprising 93,470 participants explores the relative contribution of leadership styles to followers’ mental health. The study found transformational and destructive leadership were the strongest predictors of overall and negative aspects of mental health. In contrast, the strongest predictors of positive mental health outcomes were relations-oriented and task-oriented leadership.

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Employee preferences for working from home in Australia (2023)

Recent research of 1,113 workers from Australia’s 17 largest urban areas suggests employers of knowledge economy workers might be able to attract and retain high-quality staff who are willing to forgo $12,000 to $24,000 of their annual salary to work from home some of the time. However, many workers are wary of their career prospects if they stayed at home, with 55% of workers placing no value on remote work.

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The SMART model of work design: A higher order structure to help see the wood from the trees (2023)

This new paper on the SMART model of work design synthesizes the work design literature by showing how particular work characteristics coalesce together into higher-order categories (Stimulating, Mastery, Autonomy, Relational, and Tolerable Demands), serving to integrate existing models and address contemporary work design challenges.

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