Why does HR need an evidence base?

Are people who work from home more productive? Will our open-plan office make people communicate more effectively? How does coaching work? Does 360-degree feedback do more harm than good? Does management training create better managers?

All very good questions, but how often are they asked in the typical HR work environment? Not often enough, if recent data from the CIPD Learning and Development Survey 2015 is anything to go by! Their survey illustrated that only a tiny minority of UK organisations undertake thorough evaluation of their training and development initiatives.

Read more in our article published in Executive Grapevine.

Why making work better for everyone is a two-way street

Welcome to our new website.

It’s home to what we know about work and how to make it better for everyone. But it’s a two-way street. To achieve our mission – of making work better for everyone, now and in the future – we need your help.

That’s why, for this website, we asked some of you on the street what work means to you. It’s also why we’ll be inviting you to get involved in our own research, and asking the occupational psychologists among you to comment and collaborate with us.

In return for your help, we’ll share the results of our research openly, together with the tools you’ll need to take action. And we’ll do it through interactive, engaging events, as well as articles, blogs and films.

We’ll also help organisations to make better decisions about people and work, and develop the next generation of occupational psychologists in the UK.

So bookmark this website and keep checking back for updates – it’s going to be a busy few months!

Is it you we’re looking for?

Applications are now open for early-career psychologist roles at the Future Work Centre – could one of them be yours?

Imagine a role where, from day one, you’re doing nothing but psychology. Where you embark straightaway on a three-year structured development program to teach you the skills and experience organisations are looking for. And where you get to apply what you’ve learnt to both client projects and an independent research agenda (and get paid for the pleasure).

That’s what our psychologist roles are offering the right candidates. That’s people who:

  • have a BPS-recognised MSc or PhD (or will have by September 2015)
  • are passionate about psychological science and keen to become a chartered psychologist
  • are prepared to work with clients around the UK

Sound like you? Visit our careers page today.

Applications are open from now until 21st June.





What does work mean to you?

‘Work means getting the job done in a fun way.’ ‘It defines who I am.’ ‘It’s a way of making money but it’s also a passion.’

These are some of the answers we got when we took to the street to ask people two questions: what does work means to you, and why is it important?

The resulting vox pops show how varied people’s attitudes are to what they do for a living. For some, work is just a means to an end. But for others, it’s a passion they feel lucky to get paid for.

At the Future Work Centre, our mission is to make it mean something good for everyone.

We do this by carrying out research and sharing the results openly and for free, together with the tools you’ll need to take action. But when “work” is such a huge and complex topic, how do we know where to start?

We’ve developed a simple model to help us. It describes, in four parts, the things that make up the world of work. And it’s at the heart of everything we do. To read more about it – as well as watch the vox pops – click on World of Work at the top of this page.

What does work mean to you? Tell us in the comments!