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Managing Remote Work: an evidence-based checklist for worker wellbeing and productivity

Date and time: December 7, 2020 , 10:00am

Organised by: Norfolk Chambers

Venue: Online event

Cost: Free

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Remote working has become far more common during the pandemic. There are hints that working completely or mostly from home will become the ‘new normal’ in some organisations.

Workers are trying to establish what this means for them on an individual basis – for example, around motivation and work-life balance. Managers have a role to play in helping them find a balance that works for both workers and the business. Researchers from the University of East Anglia have brought together pieces of evidence to share with you in a handy management checklist, focused on improving the wellbeing and productivity of your workforce.

This webinar will cover:

  • The changing environment for remote working
  • Benefits and challenges for workers
  • The 9 points of the checklist, with explanation

Takeaway

Too much control and too much neglect can both cause problems. Reaching a balance will involve managers paying attention to:

  • Physical and psychological aspects of working conditions
  • Working relationships between individuals, groups and the organisation
  • Development opportunities.

About the Speaker

Dr Helen Fitzhugh, Senior Research Associate and Knowledge Exchange Fellow at University of East Anglia.

Dr Helen Fitzhugh of Norwich Business School is passionate about organisations and research communication. She gathers the best academic evidence she can find on workplace wellbeing and productivity and then distils it down into practical information and resources for organisations as part of a project called the PrOPEL Hub. She draws upon work by researchers at the University of East Anglia who have been researching in this area for decades. Helen has worked across the public, private and voluntary sectors, so bring with her an understanding of how to adapt complex research findings so that they make sense to real-life workers and managers in a variety of different settings.

About University of East Anglia

Norwich Business School is the largest school in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of East Anglia, with over 1,000 undergraduate and 600 postgraduate students. With a team of more than 100 internationally recognised academics and business experts, we have a reputation for providing pioneering courses and high-quality research.

Within the school, there is a large cluster of researchers researching workplace wellbeing, including via leading the What Works Centre for Wellbeing’s recent work and learning programme. The wellbeing researchers are also involved in the PrOPEL Hub, a major new initiative designed to help boost productivity – and wellbeing – through supporting the growth of better workplaces in the UK. It involves partners from universities across the UK and the CIPD in providing practical lessons, ideas and toolkits for businesses to draw upon, all informed by the latest research and evidence.

 

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