We are really pleased to share the news that the Future Work Centre has been successful in its application to become a Community Interest Company (CIC). CICs are limited companies which operate to provide a benefit to the community they serve, rather than private shareholders (You can read more about CICs here).
Our decision to transition to a CIC was driven by the same organisational goals we had when we set up the Centre in 2014 – to communicate, promote and share the application of science and good practice for the benefit of people at work. It has always been our mission to engage with a diverse audience, which is why we openly share resources and tools to help organisations, practitioners and the wider public make better decisions at work. We believe that being a social enterprise more closely aligns with our mission, and allows us to have different types of relationships with individuals and organisations.
Why is this our mission?
Work represents a fundamental aspect of most of our lives. Aside from the financial reward we get for working, we derive a lot of meaning from employment – which becomes obvious when we’re looking for a new job. Our roles, employer and profession all contribute to our identity.
Work can contribute to – or detract from – our psychological and physical wellbeing. The workplace can be somewhere we spend the majority of our waking hours, so it’s important the experience is a safe, pleasant and fulfilling one.
The centrality of work to our lives – whether it’s us at work, or the people we live with – means it represents a rich seam of information and opinion for so many people. But also, a context where it’s all too easy for myth and misinformation to take hold.
Put simply, work is important. And we think the community of people at work is the perfect community for our CIC to support.
What do we do and why?
The Future Work Centre critically examines the workplace through a psychological, evidence-based lens, providing practical, accessible resources and advice to help organisations, the profession and the public to help them get more from their experience of work. In practice this means:
- We monitor the key trends that are shaping the workplace both now and in the future.
- We translate and communicate good quality scientific research into accessible and meaningful learning for the user.
- We champion a scientific approach to making people-related decisions and investments at work. And we highlight and challenge poor practice, myths and fads.
- We use our expertise as experienced occupational psychologists to help organisations identify what works, in what way and for whom so that they can design and implement more effective policies and practices.
The nature of work has always evolved. And whilst that’s nothing new, we are perhaps living at a time when it’s arguable that there is more information available to us than ever before. It can be hard to cut through the noise, to distinguish fact from fiction and navigate the evolving workplace. Organisations are awash with myths and fads related to people whether that’s how to recruit, promote, develop or engage employees.
We think occupational psychology has a critical role to play in shaping work environments which are productive, diverse, promote health and wellbeing and are rewarding for all. As such we want to give you the information and tools you need to raise the level of discussion about workplace practices.
You won’t find us making predictions about the future of work, nor will we be advocating wholesale, one-size-fits-all solutions to complex problems. You will however, see us continuing to champion evidence-based practice – finding out what works, in what way and for whom. This means digging deeper, asking more questions, taking time to define a problem before taking action, knowing how to understand and apply scientific data and thinking critically about your organisational context, rather than ‘lift and drop’ interventions because they are seen as ‘best practice’.
The transition to a CIC does not signal a move away from many of the things we’ve been doing over the last few years. In fact, we’re looking to build and expand our resources, develop partnerships and continue working with organisations, sharing science and good practice. We will continue to contribute to industry and trade events and conferences throughout the year.
One of our most popular resource is ‘EvidenceTALKS’, our podcast launched earlier this year, where we discuss the psychology of work, the evidence behind workplace practices and the myths, fads and fashions that make decision-making so hard. With over 4000 downloads, we’ve been delighted with the interest and feedback and a big thank you to all those who have freely given their time to contribute.
Be part of the community
The Future Work Centre is supported by a diverse and talented team of occupational psychologists and marketing and communications professionals. However, we also work and collaborate with other like-minded bodies and professionals to champion evidence-based approaches to work.
We are keen to expand our community and provide opportunities for others to contribute, so if you’re interested to know more please get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org.