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.

Listen to EvidenceTALKS

To listen to the podcasts, click on the player links below or alternatively you can download and subscribe in iTunes.

Episode #23: Interview with Professor Rob Briner

In this episode we talk to Rob Briner, Professor of Organisational Psychology at Queen Mary, University of London, Founder and Scientific Director of Centre for Evidence-based Management (CEBMa). We talk about his journey into evidence-based management, explore what evidence-based management means and overcoming barriers to  practice.

Episode #22: A working example of evidence based practice – unpicking engagement in a health sector organisation

Claudia Nuttgens is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and Principal Consultant at the Future Work Centre. In this episode, we interview Claudia about the practitioner case study (presented at the annual Division of Occupational Psychology Conference), where we helped a healthcare organisation unpick and take meaningful action from the results of their employee survey.

Episode #21: Interview with Tiffany Poeppelman

In this episode we speak to Tiffany Poeppelman, Head of Sales Productivity at LinkedIn. Tiffany is an Industrial Psychologist, passionate about learning and development and applying research into the workplace. Tiffany shares her views on the importance of being evidence-based and what it can bring to the workplace. She discusses some of the practical challenges she has experienced as a practitioner including staying up-to-date with the latest research, the importance of communication and working closely with the business.

Episode #20: Sharing client work

It’s our 20th episode! Richard and Pilar take a few minutes to look back on their experience of hosting the podcast over the last 20 episodes. The podcast is an important channel for the Future Work Centre to promote and communicate the value of evidence-based practice, making it actionable and accessible.

When we’re not recording podcasts, the Future Work Centre works directly with organisations on a commercial basis. This revenue is used to help us fund our wider programme of activity to promote and advocate evidence-practice to organisations, practitioners and the wider public. Our client work keeps us on our toes and helps us learn the best ways to engage and support organisations to be more evidence-based, whilst being sensitive and pragmatic to their specific working environment.

We share three client projects including identifying root causes of sickness and absence; analysis of staff survey data and evaluation of a leadership development programme.

Episode #19: Gig economy

In this episode we discuss the gig economy, prompted by a recent event Richard chaired: ‘Managing the Gig Economy 2017‘. We explore the themes covered in the event, why it’s receiving lots of attention in the press and examine the implications for organisations.

Richard and Claire also reveal why episode 19 has taken to so long to produce!! Issues with sequencing, technology and a lost voice!

Episode #18: Wearables in the workplace

In this episode we explore and ask questions about the use of technology in the workplace, specifically wearables and ‘speakables’. We’re increasingly used to using devices in our personal lives e.g. fitness trackers and virtual assistants (Alexa, Siri, Cortana), and we anticipate seeing a rise in their use in the workplace.

Episode #17: Revisiting employee engagement with Paul Thoresen

We are delighted to welcome back Paul Thoresen on this episode of EvidenceTALKS. We first interviewed Paul on episode 9 about employee surveys and the concept of engagement and it proved to be a very popular episode indeed! So, we thought we would invite him back to discuss in more details some of the practical aspects of conducting surveys.

Episode #16: As we all know…

How many times have you heard someone kick off a presentation or a conversation with the phrase ‘As we all know…’, closely followed by a strong assertion or claim? In this episode Richard and Pilar talk about how disruptive and dangerous myths and fads can be in the workplace. We tackle millennials, engagement, flexible working and automation…all in 45 minutes!

Episode #15: Workplace Assessment: through the eyes of the candidate

As part of the Beyond Measure initiative where we’re looking to help organisations and candidates improve their understanding of workplace assessment, with the aim of improving practice and quality of its use. In this episode we look at assessment through the eyes of the person taking the test, why their experience is important and what they need to know.

Episode #14: Assessment, snake oil and other stories

Beyond Measure: Alan Redman, Chartered Occupational Psychologist and Director Criterion Partnership, shares his perspective on workplace assessment, and the often tricky challenge of differentiating between assessments underpinned by science and evidence, and those which look slick, but have little depth or utility.

Episode #13: Has the automation of workplace assessment de-skilled practitioners?

In this episode we’re continuing our Beyond Measure campaign and talking about whether the automation of workplace assessment has resulted in the de-skilling of practitioners.

Episode #12: What counts as evidence?

Richard MacKinnon shares his reflections on a recent conference, organised by the Division of Occupational Psychology in Scotland, where they brought psychologists together from a range of disciplines to discuss the core question ‘What counts as evidence?’.

We also discuss a future podcast titled ‘As we all know…’.Have you ever attended an event or conference where someone says ‘As we all know…’ followed by a big claim, often with no evidence to back it up? We’ve come across this a lot and think it’s time to ask some more challenging questions!

Episode #11: Demystifying personality assessment

In this episode we discuss two things:

  1. Explore the use, limitations and challenges associated with the assessment of personality at work.
  2. Respond to a question from a listener about how to help managers better understand and take action from employee survey data.

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