Welcome to ‘EvidenceTalks’, our podcast series, where we discuss the psychology of work, the evidence behind workplace practices and the myths, fads and fashions that make decision-making so hard. We focus on sharing accessible research that you can put into practice, and asking challenging questions about the world of work, both now and in the future.

Over the coming months we’ll be talking to a range of professionals about their experience of work, the impact of technology and the role of workplace psychology.

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Episode #10: Interview with Eric Barends, Managing Director, Centre for Evidence-based Management (CEBMa)

In this episode we interview Eric Barends, MD and founder of the Centre for Evidence-based Management (CEBMa) and explore his journey into evidence-based management and how the Centre is supporting practitioners and organisations to make better decisions.

Episode #9: Interview with Paul Thoresen

In this episode we are delighted to share an interview with Paul Thoresen, an industrial organisational psychologist based in the US. Paul works with organisations helping them to design, implement and take action from employee surveys.

Richard and Paul discuss some of the challenges around employee engagement and its measurement, such as the definition of the concept and the importance of being clear about the problem you are trying to address before looking at a solution.

Episode #8: Workplace assessment initiative

In this episode we cover two topics – the first is the persistence of neuromyths, as highlighted by a recent article in the Guardian talking about some of the most common myths, and secondly we discuss our upcoming initiative about workplace assessment. Used by many organisations across the world to help recruit and develop staff, it is an industry fraught with poor practice and can be complex and challenging to navigate. The aim of our campaign is to bring clarity and de-mystify the world of assessment, both for organisations and the people who are on the receiving end.

Episode #7: Interview with David D’Souza (CIPD)

An interview with David D’Souza Head of London & Head of Engagement (branches) at the CIPD, to explore his perspective on introducing and developing an evidence-based perspective in organisations Building on his recent blog post.

Episode #6: Employee engagement: the emperor’s new clothes?

In this episode, we do two things – introduce the theme for 2017 around assessment in the workplace and what we’ll be doing and how to get involved. Then for the majority of the episode, we focus on employee engagement. What does it mean and what does the evidence say?

Episode #5: Interview with Lorenzo Galli, ScienceForWork

Scientific evidence is one of the core pillars of evidence-based practice, but for organisations and practitioners it’s often hard to access and translate into something actionable. ScienceForWork address these challenges directly, by aggregating and evaluating research across a range of people-related issues, making their findings available freely, for all. In this episode we speak to Lorenzo Galli, Founder of ScienceForWork about the mission and aims of the organisation.

Episode #4: HR analytics – are we more than a number?

In this episode, Richard and Pilar discuss what is meant by HR analytics and how it can be helpful in providing insight and taking action. Running time: 25 minutes.

Special episode: French email legislation

Richard and Pilar jump onto the podcast, off schedule, to share their thoughts on the recent French legislation about the ‘right to disconnect’ and on how it’s been reported. Running time: 10 minutes.

Episode #3: ‘You’ve got mail!’

In this episode, Dr Richard MacKinnon and Pilar Orti discuss the topic of email at work. Always an emotive subject, we explore why email is a double-edged sword and the things we can all do to improve our experience. Running time: 31 minutes.

Episode#2: ‘Can we predict the future of work?’

Watch out, don’t believe all those articles predicting the future of work. We may not be as good at predicting the future as we think we are! Running time: 26 minutes.

Episode#1: ‘Think like a Scientist’

In this introductory episode, Dr. Richard MacKinnon and Pilar Orti explore evidence-based practice and how it helps us all make decisions at work. Running time: 25 minutes.

If there are topics you’d like us to explore or if you’d like to get involved, please let us know at info@futureworkcentre.com