The PROPEL Hub - Productivity Outcomes of workplace Practice, Engagement and Learning

Lead Research Organisation: University of Strathclyde
Department Name: Business School

Abstract

Boosting productivity is the greatest economic challenge facing the UK. There is now a strong consensus on the potential for synergy between (1) agile and high performing businesses/organisations; (2) high quality, inclusive and engaging work and (3) effective, efficient and prosperous societies. The key domain in which to drive engagement and productivity is the workplace - where managers and employees create economic value. The ESRC has correctly prioritised research on management practice and employee engagement (MP-EE) within this context. This proposal, to establish the PROPEL Hub (Productivity Outcomes of workplace Practice, Engagement and Learning), seeks to bring together all recently funded ESRC MP-EE projects through a process of co-production and co-creation, connect with other major ESRC investments and engage with world class scholarship on engagement and productivity, to maximise the synergies and impacts of ESRC-funded work in this space. The PROPEL Hub's Primary Investigator will be based at the University of Strathclyde, but all other ESRC MP-EE teams are active partners in this proposal. The approach agreed among and beyond MP-EE teams therefore represents excellent value for money for ESRC - combining limited resources to deliver additional value from existing investments, rather than imposing from the top-down an external hub co-ordinator unconnected to our projects. Our proposal is further strengthened by collaboration with Cardiff and Ulster Universities (so that the PROPEL Hub will impact, and learn from, practice in all nations of the UK) and by an active role for a major national workplace partner, the CIPD. The PROPEL Hub has five distinguishing features:

1. The Hub will be co-created by the five ESRC MP-EE projects and key partners.
2. The model adopted will be a spoke and hub model (as opposed to being a hub and spoke model), locating the research projects at the core of insight, engagement and impact.
3. The Hub will contain a major national partner (CIPD) with links to management, employees and workplaces across the UK.
4. The Hub will deliver genuinely UK-wide engagement and impact through the five ESRC project teams spanning Glasgow to London, along with two additional academic partners from Cardiff/Wales and Ulster/Northern Ireland).
5. The Hub is led by a team with extensive experience of, and expertise in, working in an impactful manner with employers, employees, entrepreneurs and policy stakeholders.

Resources are sought to support the work of co-investigators at ESRC MP-EE institutions, Hub management support and knowledge exchange (KE) staff to help to maximise opportunities for collaboration and impact. The PROPEL Hub will drive new activity to bring together ESRC MP-EE teams to share learning, add value and facilitate opportunities for them to engage with other relevant groups and organisations, most crucially policy and business communities. Specific activities will include: MP-EE Masterclasses, bringing together ESRC MP-EE teams, international research leaders, and targeting an audience of business and policy leaders; MP-EE International Research Seminars, focusing on making connections between, or 'learning from difference' across the conceptual, methodological and empirical work of the ESRC MP-EE projects, and again engaging with other world leading researchers; Knowledge into Practice events and Engagement Hacks, where PROPEL Hub KE staff will engage directly with businesses and key stakeholders to share practical insights and solutions around engagement and productivity; and extensive online KE activity to extend the reach of our collaboration and establish a peer learning network. Formative, process and summative evaluation activities will capture the impact of the PROPEL Hub's engagement with academic, business and policy communities, and report on inter-disciplinary and/or international research collaborations or shared learning emanating from our activities.

Planned Impact

Each MP-EE project will link their beneficiaries and target audiences into the integrated PROPEL Hub, growing exponentially the opportunities for networking and collaborative learning that will impact business practice:
1 the Strathclyde-led MP-EE is rooted in action-focused engagement with policymakers and representatives of public agencies (the Scottish Government, Skills Development Scotland, and Scotland's main enterprise agencies, Highland and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise), employers' bodies (CBI and FSB) and a trade major trade union confederation (STUC);
2 the Aston University-led MP-EE features extensive impact activities with business stakeholders including BCC, FSB and MakeUK, as well as regional policy stakeholders;
3 the University of Sheffield-led MP-EE partners with ACAS and will engage with business representative bodies on workplace conflict;
4 the NIESR-led MP-EE (including partners at NUBS leading that project's contribution to this proposal) is working closely with ONS, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Bank of England, CBI, Be the Business and CMI;
5 the UEA-led MP-EE is based on collaboration with employers and their representative bodies, the NHS and occupational health stakeholders.

Further information is available in the MP-EE projects' Pathways to Impact statements, but the key message is that our Hub will connect these existing beneficiary networks, rather than seeking to impose additional demands from outside. The inclusion of partners from Wales and Northern Ireland with access to strong business and policy networks means that we will be able to extend and contextualise lessons to all nations of the UK and the unique policy environments that exist there. Our partners at CIPD will ensure that lessons from the MP-EE projects and PROPEL Hub are disseminated to the fullest extent across the HR profession. Our proposal represents an effective and efficient approach to growing and connecting beneficiary networks and provides outstanding value for money. The cross-fertilisation of ideas and actions will further strengthen and expand networks with business and policy stakeholders established by MP-EE projects.

KE staff in each institution will extend the impact of lessons from the research by engaging directly with businesses and other relevant stakeholders through 'Knowledge Into Practice' days and 'Engagement Hacks' - the emphasis here is on identifying practical lessons from across all projects (made easier given that the PROPEL Hub will be co-created by those five projects) and engaging with the business community to test solutions in context. The outcome of such engagements - and the practical impacts that they have on business practice and performance - will be fed back in our peer review reporting and the practical 'learning from difference' insights.

Most importantly, by co-creating a Hub based on collaboration across the five MP-EE teams, we will create a unique opportunity to develop knowledge-sharing across our groups of business beneficiaries. Our proposal details an extensive programme of activities where MP-EE teams will share findings and identify both shared and distinctive themes emerging from their research: together; in collaboration with leading international scholars who will engage with the teams and their beneficiary audiences, and with each other's networks of business and policy stakeholders. These learning and networking events, and the online materials co-created to support the work of the PROPEL Hub, will mean that business and policy stakeholders connected to each MP-EE project will be able to extend their networks and learning by connecting with the practical insights being identified by the other four projects and the shared lessons generated by the PROPEL Hub. This will deliver significant impact in terms of learning among business stakeholders around a range of approaches to employee engagement.

Publications

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Description Despite a delayed start to the PrOPEL Hub and its feeder MP-EE projects due to Covid-19, we have made significant progress against our objectives. We have refocused our activity online and prioritised building our digital presence to disseminate content and run events. This shift online has allowed us to broaden our audience reach, increased flexibility in delivery of events and opened up access to international academics and speakers.

We have been able to deliver our planned outputs and have already surpassed overall core project targets for our larger events. We have delivered 8 Masterclasses against a 3-year target of 7, exploring topics such as job quality, conflict resolution, "5 ways to wellbeing" and productivity in a post-pandemic world. These sessions engaged 580+ stakeholders, including line managers, HR professionals and academics across the public, private and third sector. We have also delivered 8 international seminars against a 3-year target of 7, engaging 430+ academics and policymakers. These were delivered by globally-recognised academics, and provided a platform to share findings on 'what works' in driving productivity and increasing employee engagement and well-being.

Alongside these broad, wide-reaching events, we have looked to develop more targeted interventions. For example, we have been working with organisations within the context of their own sector - we have run sessions focused on manufacturing and women in fintech, engaging 65+ practitioners. We have also run 18 smaller engagement hacks and knowledge into practice events (kips), tailored towards the needs of a particular organisation, engaging 230+ stakeholders. Examples include Sheffield's workplace conflict series, and the Universities of East Anglia and Strathclyde's joint digital resilience hacks.

We have collaborated closely with stakeholders to co-create more inclusive methods of delivery and engage different types of organisations. For example, the team at the University of East Anglia have been working in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice to design a series of bespoke engagement hacks that explore wellbeing in a way that is relevant for their employees, scheduled for delivery in May 2022. We have also sought to engage groups often excluded from discussion on productivity and people management -the Centre for Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship at Aston worked with Punch Records to design and deliver the P-Word. This innovative leadership development programme offered year-long, tailored support to 12 ethnic minority microbusiness owners in the West Midlands, giving them opportunity to grow their networks and skills according to their own business needs. We have also explored more "light touch" interventions - our team at Nottingham ran a year-long initiative - Information Provision and Web Performance - that took a "nudge approach" to influencing manager decision making. The team developed a bespoke tool that allowed over 400 organisations across the gin sector to bench-mark their web performance against competitors and provided the organisations with tailored advice on steps to improve productivity.

In addition to core project activity, our shift to digital has allowed us to develop an online repository of blogs, podcasts, videos, infographics and toolkits exploring the impact of management practice and employee engagement on productivity across 5 broad themes; managing people, employee engagement, boosting innovation, encouraging diversity and improving wellbeing. The website has attracted 11,700+ users and 48,000+ page views to date.

All of the above activity has been informed by the 5 ESRC-funded Management Practice and Employee Engagement projects and other partner research underpinning the PrOPEL Hub. At the centre of this research is the role of the workplace in driving productivity. As projects have progressed, we have worked to share insights, make connections and strengthen our understanding of this important issue. For example, our PrOPEL Hub Research showcase series, which included five seminars and two keynote sessions at the CIPD Applied Research Conference, created a platform to share and receive input from PrOPEL colleagues and external stakeholders on project findings. The series served to develop a strong network of engaged academic and policymaker stakeholders. It was attended by 220+ participants, and, perhaps more significantly. generated substantial follow-up interest in our research. For example, our session "The Importance of Family, History and Place for Trade Union Membership" directly contributed to 4000+ visits to the Union Maps Tool website introduced at the event. It also created significant social media interest around the tool (e.g. https://twitter.com/searchq=https%3A%2F%2Fwiserd.ac.uk%2Funionmaps&src=typed_query&f=top and https://twitter.com/paulmasonnews/status/1450842145577897986).
We have also run internal critical friend sessions, pairing different PrOPEL partners together to share inter-disciplinary and methodological insights and feedback on each other's research. Through this collaborative activity and discussion, we have identified strategic themes which sit across the hub and are important for all partners' work. We are now designing interventions to explore these further. They include:

(1)Building more inclusive interventions that speak to "left behind" workers. One such group are microbusinesses, who often face barriers in accessing support and advice to improve their productivity. We have been looking at the PrOPEL Hub's role in supporting the evolution of more effective and inclusive business support for microbusinesses. In December 2021, we held the first event in a series designed to address this issue. Our half day workshop "The Silent Majority: A Deep Dive on People Management Support for Microbusinesses" featured 13 speakers from FSB, academia, policy and the wider microbusiness network and was attended by 60+ participants. From the session we identified key areas for change and actionable takeaways for the PrOPEL hub to progress this agenda. We will be holding a second event "Putting Microbusinesses on the Agenda: The View from Policymakers" in March 2022. Another group we have highlighted is frontline workers, who have often been excluded from discourse around hybrid and home working. The University of Sheffield led development of our Spotlight on Health & Social care series in summer 2021 in collaboration with the Health & People Management Association which featured contributions from Ulster University and other partners. The series allowed us to better understand this important sector and apply what we know about workplace productivity in a way that was cognisance of the sector's particular challenges.

(2)The impact of homeworking on productivity. COVID-19 has caused a seismic shift in the way people work. The PrOPEL Hub has been exploring how the rise in homeworking has impacted workplace productivity and its drivers, such as job quality, engagement and wellbeing. For example, utilising the Understanding Society COVID-19 survey, PrOPEL colleagues at Cardiff University have developed a series of blogs for the PrOPEL Hub website setting out the impact of homeworking on productivity. We are planning to launch research in Spring 2022, which will build on Professor Felstead's previous "How Good is My Job" tool to allow a direct comparison of job quality before and after Covid-19. The Strathclyde team have also partnered with the CIPD in delivery of the 2021 Good Work Index, and are now advancing a number of additional explorative research projects utilising the CIPD's extensive databank on the People Profession.

(3) Influencing Policy Roadmap. We are keen to harness the extensive and varied experience of the PrOPEL Hub team to develop a roadmap for engaged scholarship and influencing policy, with events planned for summer 2022.

In addition to building an evidence base on "what works" in driving workplace productivity, we have also been working to develop the skills and knowledge exchange capacity of our staff to continue to advance this agenda. We have held 4 Knowledge Exchange Development days featuring input from PrOPEL Hub Co-investigators as well as contribution from external stakeholders. The sessions are complimented by a rotating buddy scheme, pairing the Knowledge Exchange Associates and Fellows with a Co-Investigator from another institution. We have also created an online learning platform via Microsoft Teams where the team can share reflections from activity and useful material.
Exploitation Route Our PrOPEL Hub partners' on-going research projects, and importantly, our work to explore synergies between them, have created an evidence base to enhance understanding of workplace productivity and the connections between the different workplace productivity levers. We have expanded beyond the original scope of the MP-EE projects to identify important areas of further exploration to drive forward this agenda in an inclusive way, e.g. people management support for microbusinesses and the impact of homeworking on productivity. Our research findings have and will continue to be distilled into actionable take-aways for businesses, academics and policy-makers through our events and digital content to influence day to day decision-making and practice. In addition, the evidence base we have developed will serve as a basis for future collaborations and will be built on by colleagues, for example a number PrOPEL Hub partners recently developed a joint proposal for the UKRI Productivity and Diversity bid and are exploring further research opportunities.

Through our work, we have developed strong methodological insights on how different strategies impact employer decision making, e.g. our work has included co-producing management support with business, nudging management practice and tailored online content. We are currently in discussion with the Good Employment Learning Lab around running a number of joint sessions in summer 2022 to share insights and build on their "Engaged Scholarship Learning Lab".

We have also built capacity in research and knowledge exchange. Our development days for our Knowledge Exchange staff and buddying scheme have developed the skills of our more junior staff.

Another important legacy of our work has been the impactful and unusual network of workplace stakeholders we have developed. As well as creating strong networks with "the usual" key business, policy and academic productivity stakeholders such as CBI, BEIS and the Productivity Institute, we have also sought to establish connections and engage less obvious groups who are often excluded from productivity discussions such as microbusinesses and Health & Social Care.

Finally, we have created a "blueprint" for institutions looking to engage in collaborative learning and engagement with other academic and business organisations. We have a well-developed "social learning framework" for disseminating findings and reflections. In addition, our partnership with the CIPD has served as a catalyst for them to develop a model and process for engaging with academic institutions in the future.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education,Government, Democracy and Justice

URL http://www.propelhub.org
 
Description All Hub activity is designed to make real change in workplace stakeholders' behaviours and practice. We have outlined our impact to date below. We will continue to build and expand on this success in the final year of the project. Through our events, we have engaged over 1500+ participants - increasing their awareness of the role of positive workplace practices in improving productivity and influencing their behaviour. The majority of our event participants surveyed agree that as a result of attending our event, they have (1) gained new knowledge applicable to their work and (2) planned to apply what they have learned. Our website has attracted over 48,000+ page views, with our toolkits, blogs, videos and podcasts all serving to inform and support positive change in the workplace. Findings from our PrOPEL partners' research have helped to enhance a wide network of workplace stakeholders' understanding of the levers of workplace productivity and the links between them. It has also created a methodological evidence base on approaches to influencing employer decision-making. We will be running a number of collaborative events in summer 2022 to share this insight and engage stakeholders such as the Good Employment Learning Lab. As well as influencing individual workplace stakeholders' attitudes and behaviour, we are now beginning to see larger scale, longer lasting policy change as the result of our work. For example, we partnered with the CIPD in delivery of the 2021 Good Work Index. PrOPEL Hub colleagues used their expertise to support the CIPD with an in-depth analysis of the survey data available, and are now well underway in advancing a number of additional explorative research projects utilising the CIPD's extensive databank on the People Profession. The partnership has been so successful that it has been used as a blueprint by the CIPD for establishing future collaborations with academic institutions. We have also fed into a number of policy reviews such as the British Standards Institution (BSI)'s Covid19 Special Report: Working in the 'New Normal, May 2020 and the Welsh Centre for Public Policy review of remote working (2021). Our day to day networking activity has also been an important method of disseminating PrOPEL Hub findings. A number of hub members have represented the PrOPEL Hub as part of wider advisory roles, e.g. at the Scottish Government's Advisory Council for Economic Transformation, the Fair Work Convention and BEIS Expert Review Group.
First Year Of Impact 2020
Sector Other
Impact Types Societal

 
Description Citation in the Welsh Centre for Public Policy review of remote working
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.wcpp.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Remote-working-.pdf
 
Description Verbal and Written Evidence on Homeworking to Senedd 2020/2021
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://business.senedd.wales/documents/s500006852/Remote%20working%20report%20Professor%20Alan%20Fe...
 
Description contribution to the "Rebuilding a Resilient Britain" programme led by the Government Office for Science 2020
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://www.upen.ac.uk/go_science/
 
Description Benchmarking digital readiness and managing technology for productivity
Amount £22,647 (GBP)
Funding ID UKRI QR Strategic Priory Funding (QR SPF) 
Organisation United Kingdom Research and Innovation 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2020 
End 03/2021
 
Description Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development Good Work Index 2021
Amount £15,000 (GBP)
Organisation Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2021 
End 04/2021
 
Description Supporting Innovative Work Behaviours to Drive Digitally Enhanced Advanced Services (DEAS) Innovation in Fintech
Amount £15,296 (GBP)
Organisation United Kingdom Research and Innovation 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2021 
End 07/2021
 
Description Transforming productivity: evidence and coordination
Amount £45,000 (GBP)
Funding ID Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF) 
Organisation United Kingdom Research and Innovation 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2020 
End 07/2022
 
Description Masterclass - Taking a Strategic Approach to Management of Workplace Conflict 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This event explored approaches to developing a more strategic approach to conflict management. Presentations were given by the PrOPEL Hub's Prof Richard Saundry and leading experts from the USA, Associate Professors Ariel Avgar (Cornell University) and Ryan Lamare (University of Illinois). This was followed by an interactive Q&A allowing participants to apply learnings to the context of their own organisations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.propelhub.org/taking-a-strategic-approach-to-management-of-conflict/
 
Description University of East Anglia Knowledge Into Practice Wellbeing Series with Norfolk Chamber of Commerce 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Series of 2 Knowledge into Practice event and corresponding workshops run jointly by Dr Helen Fitzhugh and Norfolk Chamber of Commerce.

These provided opportunity for attendees to explore strategies for implementing good workplace wellbeing practices and initiatives within their own organisation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
URL https://www.propelhub.org/the-spangle-trap-how-to-improve-workplace-wellbeing-without-the-resources-...
 
Description A fair work recovery - Fair Work Convention Webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Participation in an event examining the implications of the Covid19 pandemic for fair work. This webinar was organised by the Fair Work Convention and the expert panel comprised national and international speakers. The content of the webinar included discussion of workplace innovations and their implications for fair work. Policy makers, business representatives, trade unions, researchers and civil society organisation members attended the event and engaged in discussions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.fairworkconvention.scot/a-fair-work-recovery-speakers-bio/
 
Description A talk or presentation - Series of cross-hub events to celebrate launch of PrOPEL Hub Website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Ran a series of cross-hub webinars and podcasts to generate interest in the PrOPEL Hub website launch in June.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://twitter.com/PrOPEL_Hub/status/1271060365158371329
 
Description All Party Parliamentary Group on Science and Policy - The Future of Work 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Expert presentation to All Party Parliamentary Group on science and policy, on the invitation of ESRC, drawing on the insights from the MPEE research project and the PrOPEL Hub.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ukri.org/our-work/supporting-collaboration-in-the-uk/supporting-collaboration-esrc/all-p...
 
Description Aston - The 'P-word' Knowledge into Practice Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A knowledge into practice event showcasing and reflecting on learning from the first year of the part PrOPEL funded "P-word" - a leadership development programme for ethnic minority creatives in the West Midlands.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.wearepunch.co.uk/blogs/pword-speakers
 
Description CIPD Applied Research Conference mini podcast 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Mini podcast on MPEE findings on innovation in HR practice
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description CIPD People Profession Survey with Universities of Ulster and Strathclyde 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact An first in-person event at the University of Strathclyde in collaboration with the CIPD and Ulster University on findings from their People Profession Survey.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.propelhub.org/cipd-people-profession-survey/
 
Description Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development Applied Research Conference Video Showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The PrOPEL Hub MP-EE project teams delivered a 5 video showcase at the CIPD Applied Research Conference. These videos outlined the major research projects underpinning the hub and funded by the ESRC thatexplore links between workplace practice and productivity.

• Getting to grips with productivity in ethnic minority businesses - Aston University
• Managerial competences, engagement and productivity - developing productive relationships - University of Sheffield
• Transforming Productivity and Wellbeing Through Engagement & Innovation - University of Strathclyde
• Workplace Wellbeing Interventions - University of East Anglia
• The Impact of Homeworking on Productivity - Cardiff University
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.propelhub.org/management-practice-and-employee-engagement/
 
Description Cited in the Financial Times Feature 'Remote Work' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Alan Felstead's research as part of the PrOPEL Hub into the impact of homeworking on productivity featured in the Financial Times piece 'Remote Work.'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.ft.com/content/38f3389e-e792-4062-91fc-2da888d9010a?sharetype=blocked
 
Description Content for PrOPEL Hub Website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact We have continued to build an online repository of blogs, podcasts, videos, infographics and toolkits for our website. The 200+ pieces of content developed explore the impact of management practice and employee engagement on productivity across 5 broad themes; managing people, employee engagement, boosting innovation, encouraging diversity and improving wellbeing. We have also used this as a means of delivering knowledge into practice style interventions such as the UEA/ Strathclyde Embedding Resilience Mini Series, which included a range of mini-concept videos exploring resilience.

The website has attracted 11,700+ users and 48,000+ page views to date.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL http://www.propelhub.org
 
Description Cross Hub series of 7 webinars and workshops in our "Spotlight on Health & Social Care Series" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Delivered in partnership with the Healthcare People Management Association and featuring contributions from 8 different universities, PrOPEL Hub colleagues developed a "Spotlight on Health & Social Care" event and video series which drew on evidence gathered before and during the pandemic to explore the implications of Covid-19 for employment relations in the sector across the 4 UK nations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.propelhub.org/spotlight-on-health-and-social-care-event-series/
 
Description Cross-hub - Half day workshop "The Silent Majority: A deep dive on business support for microbusinesses" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This half day workshop led by Professor Monder Ram brought together a number of hub partners and the CIPD, FSB, businesses owners and other key stakeholders to explore challenges and solutions to providing more effective and inclusive people management support for microbusinesses.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.propelhub.org/the-silent-majority-a-deep-dive-on-people-management-support-for-microbusi...
 
Description Expert Panel Member - Scottish Government proposed Centre for Workplace Transformation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Expert panel member to develop a proposal to establish a Centre for Workplace Transformation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
 
Description Expert panel - CIPD Scotland Good Work Index 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Podcast for CIPD Scotland on analysis of Good Work Index data for Scotland 2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Expert panel member, SCDI Productivity Matters Conference 2022, Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Expert panel member on work engagement for innovation at industry conference, sharing insights from MPEE research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.scdi.org.uk/events/productivity-matters-2022/
 
Description Felstead, A (2020) 'Examining the recent surge in homeworking, its effect on productivity and its long-term future', paper presented to the Cardiff University Business Breakfast Series/PrOPEL Master Class, Working at Home: The Impact of Covid-19' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Showcase research results. Nearly 300 registered participants, 135 atttended on the day, 35 questions from the floor (fielded live and after the event) and list of materials sent to all registered participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Felstead, A (2020) 'The growth of working at home and its productivity consequences: worker and employer survey evidence', paper given to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development Coronavirus Webinar Series, 22 October 2020. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 365 were registered to attend the event, 186 attended the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.cipd.co.uk/news-views/coronavirus/webinars/remote-working-maintaining-productivity-22-oc...
 
Description Improving National Workplace Health and Wellbeing - workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Event organised by Government Events. HR managers from public sector organisations, local authorities in particular. Slides and line-up https://www.governmentevents.co.uk/vhghgfuuiguiggou/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.governmentevents.co.uk/vhghgfuuiguiggou/
 
Description Invited presentation (Findlay), Work and Wellbeing: Levelling up the UK Webinar, Institute for the Future of Work 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentations and discussion on the potential role of fair work in recovery plans and levelling up across the country. All panellists discussed the role of good work in building strong, resilient communities across the country; building the conditions of good work to reduce growing inequalities in work and health; and how best to align health, social and economic interests in recovery plans. The audience was primarily the UK cross-parliamentary group on the future of work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ifow.org/event/work-and-wellbeing-levelling-up-the-uk
 
Description Joint workshop with the University of East Anglia and Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity - Workplace wellbeing in a pandemic 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A small, focused workshop run by Helen Fitzhugh and the Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity which allowed participants to explore wellbeing solutions within the context of their own organisations and share ideas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Key Note speech at the European Forum organised by the Universities of Oxford and Peking 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Graeme Roy provided a key note speech at the European forum on the impact of homeworking on productivity and job quality. This provided an opportunity to showcase the work of the hub.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Masterclass - Managing people for engagement, innovation, productivity and wellbeing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation of early MPEE research findings across PrOPEL Hub team.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.propelhub.org/eventbrite-event/managing-people-for-engagement-innovation-productivity-an...
 
Description Masterclass - Partnership working and work engagement in NHS Scotland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Masterclass with PrOPEL Hub and Healthcare Management Association on social and employee relations innovation in NHS Scotland
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.propelhub.org/eventbrite-event/partnership-working-and-work-engagement-in-nhs-scotland/
 
Description Masterclass: Our Shared Digital Future - Managing People for Innovation and Fairwork 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Masterclass examining the skills and ways of organising work that will be needed as businesses more towards technology-enabled workplaces post-Covid-19; how people management can support employees at all levels to innovate and so maximise the benefits of digital investment; and how we can ensure that digital innovation helps to deliver fair work and better jobs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.propelhub.org/our-shared-digital-future-managing-people-for-innovation-and-fair-work/
 
Description Nottingham - International Research Seminar "Reimagine Management and Productivity in a Post-pandemic World" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In this session chaired by the PrOPEL Hub's Dr Cher Li, Professors Paul Mizen, Nick Bloom, John Van Reenen and Rebecca Riley - leading experts on management practices, business performance and industrial policy - explored future trends in management practices and productivity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.propelhub.org/reimagine-management-and-productivity-in-a-post-pandemic-world/
 
Description Our Shared Digital Future - Managing People for Innovation and Fairwork 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Masterclass on the skills and ways of organising work that will be needed as businesses more towards technology-enabled workplaces post-Covid-19; how people management can support employees at all levels to innovate and so maximise the benefits of digital investment; and how we can ensure that digital innovation helps to deliver fair work and better jobs. Co-organised across the Strathclyde MPEE project and the PrOPEL Hub.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.propelhub.org/our-shared-digital-future-managing-people-for-innovation-and-fair-work/
 
Description Podcast - Reflections on the CIPD Good Work Index 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Podcast on the findings of the 2021 CIPD Good Work Index survey
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.propelhub.org/reflections-on-the-cipd-good-work-index-2021/
 
Description PrOPEL Feature in the Herald Newspaper 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Graeme Roy wrote a feature on the PrOPEL Hub for the national newspaper the Herald showcasing research on the impact of homeworking on productivity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.heraldscotland.com/business_hq/18682641.graeme-roy-re-birth-towns-covid-will-need-genuin...
 
Description PrOPEL Hub Showcase at the CIPD Applied Research Conference 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The PrOPEL Hub's research teams inputted into a PrOPEL Hub showcase chaired by Prof Colin Lindsay at the CIPD's Applied Research Conference 2022. The sessions offered an opportunity to sharing findings from the MP-EE and other PrOPEL research and explore synergies and overlap between them. Topics covered included:

The latest evidence on the impact of homeworking on productivity and insights on how supporting 'job crafting' and good work at home or in the workplace can improve employee engagement and performance (led by Professor Patricia Findlay, University of Strathclyde and Professor Alan Felstead, Cardiff University)

How both health and wellbeing strategies and interventions to improve line management can contribute to employee performance and wellbeing (led by Professor Richard Saundry, University of Westminster and Professor Kevin Daniels, Professor of Organizational Behaviour in Norwich Business School at UEA)

How PrOPEL researchers have used a range of strategies to inform management decision-making from 'nudging' managers to make better/different investments by providing independent data analysis, to working with managers at the line to inform people management in SMEs (led by Dr Cher, Associate Professor in Industrial Economics at Nottingham University Business School and Professor Monder Ram, Aston University)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://events.cipd.co.uk/events/blog/session/workshops-registration-and-networking/
 
Description PrOPEL Hub Website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We developed and launched the PrOPEL Hub website in June 2020 which has attracted over 5000 visitors. To date we have developed 70+ pieces of web content for the site including blogs, podcasts, checklists, infographics and videos exploring links between management practice, employee engagement and productivity. Examples of content can be found at www.propelhub.org.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
URL https://www.propelhub.org/
 
Description PrOPEL Hub and OPOF (MoJ) meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Meeting with the Our People Our Future programme directors at Ministry of Justice, to discuss a PrOPEL Hub workshop or other form of engagement between us and them on wellbeing and performance
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Presentation at SCDI Productivity Club Central event on fair work, engagement and innovation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Keynote presentation at SCDI Productivity Club event on what builds good work and the role of engagement in driving innovation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.scdi.org.uk/events/central-productivity-club-presents-fair-work/
 
Description Presentation at the CIPD Employee Engagement & Performance Management Conference - University of Sheffield 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professors Paul Latreille and Richard Saundry, together with Gemma Glanville from Border Force provided a keynote talk on developing line managers capability to handle workplace conflict and safeguard productivity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://events.cipd.co.uk/events/employee-engagement-and-performance-management/
 
Description Seminar - Managing people for workplace innovation, productivity and wellbeing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Seminar to postgraduate research students on early findings from the MPEE research project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Series of Knowledge into Practice Sessions by CREME at Aston University 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship ran a series of knowledge in practice events in 2021 including:

Aston/ CREME Conference Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship in the West Midlands: Responding to the Pandemic (Research Seminar)
https://sway.office.com/o4QLkStfn1SQ6mez?ref=Link

Strengthening connections between business schools and ethnic minority businesses workshop
https://sway.office.com/KX5DqXNcGj9jBWc6?ref=Link

Helping Business Owning Families Through the Great Wealth Transfer - symposium

Commissioning Cycle Workshop
https://sway.office.com/fXv20fOvczRxXUmt
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Sheffield - Knowledge into Practice Event "It's good to talk" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In this workshop, Professor Richard Saundry from the University of Sheffield and Professor Peter Urwin from the University of Westminster worked with participants to identify ways that organisations can promote early and informal intervention to resolve conflict.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://propelhub.b-cdn.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Its-good-to-talk-developing-effective-informa...
 
Description Sheffield - Knowledge into Practice Event "Workplace Mediation" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The PrOPEL Hub's Prof Richard Saundry chaired an interactive panel discussion with Rachel Suff, CIPD; Caroline Sheridan, Civil Mediation Council and Terry Duffy, NW Area Director of Acas focused on utilising mediation to effectively resolve conflict that can be directly applied in the workplace.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.propelhub.org/workplace-mediation/
 
Description Sheffield/Westminster Keynotes at 2 x Acas Regional Conferences 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Westminster/ Sheffield PrOPEL team spoke at the following two Acas conferences to audiences of 150+ per event and drew on scenarios developed as part of the MPEE project:

R.Saundry spoke at Acas East of England Conference 'Demistifying Mediation' on 8th September 2021

R.Saundry and P. Urwin spoke at Acas London Conference 'Preventing, containing, and resolving conflict' on 9th February 2022
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021,2022
URL https://events.chamber-business.com/events/acas-demystifying-mediation-digital-conference/
 
Description Social Media Workshop for Restauranters 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact In collaboration with the Bangladeshi Network and Aston Business School's Business Clinic, the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship at Aston University has supported the development of a training intervention aimed at facilitating digital transformation in the Bangladeshi catering sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.propelhub.org/facilitating-digital-transformation-in-the-bangladeshi-catering-sector/
 
Description Strathclyde Economic Policy Leadership Programme - Changing Nature of the Labour Market 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Shared lessons from PrOPEL Hub research on the importance of workplace practices and progressive people management as a route to improved innovation and productivity performance in organisations. The audience was Scottish Government officials, local government and public sector stakeholders and some business managers. The aim was to inform thinking and practice on work organisation and people management to improve employee wellbeing, performance and productivity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Strathclyde International Research Seminar - Employee Wellbeing Before vs. During Covid-19: Evidence from Finland 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Chaired by Colin Lindsay, this seminar discussed changes in homeworking and teleworking, changes in working conditions, and impacts on employee experience and wellbeing.
Key note speakers were Professor Jari Hakanen and Dr Janne Kaltiainen from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health who drew on longitudinal survey research undertaken with employees in Finland before and then during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Strathclyde Masterclass - the role of Line Managers in encouraging workplace innovation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Colin Lindsay chaired this event and was joined by Dr Anna Bos Nehles from the University of Twente and Liz Reilly and Suzanne Thomas from the Scottish Government/ NHSScotland. The event explored theory and practice on the key role of line managers in encouraging workplace innovation and employee engagement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.propelhub.org/implementing-hrm-and-innovation-the-role-of-line-managers-2/
 
Description The P-Word - Follow up Engagement Hacks with 3 Organisations 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Leading directly from the P-Word Leadership Development programme supported by the PrOPEL Hub in 2020, colleagues at the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship at Aston went on to provide more in depth business support hacks on a range of issues to 3 firms (2 creatives and 1 retailer) who had participated in the programme, including diagnostic business planning/appraisal and financial advice/referral.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description The PrOPEL Hub Research Showcase - series of 5 events 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Our research showcase seminar series has shared learnings from our partner's work with MP-EE and other ESRC productivity investments. These sessions have engaged a largely academic audience of approx 200 (primarily researchers on ESRC MPEE projects and their research partners) and generated significant follow up interest in our research. For example our session "The Importance of Family, History and Place for Trade Union Membership" which introduced a UnionMaps tool, directly contributed to over 4000 additional visits to the linked website in the 2 weeks that followed. It also created significant social media interest (e.g. https://twitter.com/searchq=https%3A%2F%2Fwiserd.ac.uk%2Funionmaps&src=typed_query&f=top and https://twitter.com/paulmasonnews/status/1450842145577897986)

Sessions held as part of this series included:
- The Importance of Family, History and Place for Trade Union Membership
- Managing People for engagement, innovation, productivity and wellbeing.
- Productivity From Below. A unique approach to the use of Practitioner partners as Co-investigators
- Wellbeing and Productivity: Can you have it all?
- Information Provision and Web Performance
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.propelhub.org/propel-hub-research-showcase/
 
Description UEA - International Research Seminar "Work/Life Experiences During the COVID-19 pandemic: evidence from the USA" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In this PrOPEL Hub International Research seminar, Dr Tahira Probst and the PrOPEL Hub's Professor Sara Connolly shared evidence on the impact of COVID-19 on employee health, safety, and performance with a primarily academic audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.propelhub.org/work-life-experiences-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/
 
Description UEA - Knowledge into Practice event on "5 Ways to Wellbeing" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Helen Fitzhugh in collaboration with Norfolk Chamber of Commerce delivered a Knowledge into Practice event with wellbeing practitioners focused on strategies for employee wellbeing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://twitter.com/DrFitzhugh/status/1376849019499130883
 
Description UEA - Masterclass "People, Performance and Wellbeing in Manufacturing" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Fiona Lettice (Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation at the University of East Anglia) hosted this Masterclass featuring academic and practitioner speakers offering insight into people, performance and wellbeing in manufacturing organisations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.propelhub.org/people-performance-and-wellbeing-in-manufacturing/
 
Description UEA - Series of Engagement Hack on "5 Ways to Wellbeing" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Helen Fitzhugh held 3 knowledge into practice events with people professionals and managers at the Ministry of Defence exploring approaches to enhancing employee wellbeing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description UEA Wellbeing Engagement Hacks 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dr Helen Fitzhugh at the University of East Anglia ran two engagement hacks engaging senior managers and employees in a Finance company and Voluntary sector organisation. Topics covered included:
Pro-active management of remote work for wellbeing and performance
What does workplace wellbeing look like in a volunteering context?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description UEA and University of Strathclyde - Knowledge into Practice event "Embedding Resilience in the Everyday Workplace" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact At this interactive knowledge into practice session, the PrOPEL Hub's Drs Nicola Murray and Helen Fitzhugh offered insight into what a resilient organisation looks like on an everyday basis and explored with participants what their organisations could do to become more resilient.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://twitter.com/PrOPEL_Hub/status/1451479124917342208
 
Description Ulster - International Research Seminar "Promoting Employee Engagement and Wellbeing During Challenging Times" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact At this International Research Seminar chaired by the PrOPEL Hub's Dr Martin McCracken, leading researcher Jamie Gruman from the University of Guelph, Ontario, shared insights from management and psychology research on how workplaces should be structured to optimise employee engagement and wellbeing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.propelhub.org/promoting-employee-engagement-and-wellbeing-during-challenging-times-2/
 
Description Ulster Masterclass - HR Business Partners: Evolving from operations to strategy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Event to provide insights from research and practice. Attended by 184 HR Business Partners, HR Professionals and line managers across the public, private and third sector, e.g. Police Scotland, BAE Systems, Sony, Cancer Research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Ulster and Strathclyde - Keynote and Content Showcase at CIPD Scotland and NI Annual Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The PrOPEL Hub ran a virtual content showcase and Profs Colin Lindsay and Martin McCracken delivered key note presentations on employee engagement and performance management at the CIPD Scotland and NI Conferences
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description University of Aston/ Punch Records Engagement Hack - the P-word leadership development programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The "P" Word is a nine-month leadership development programme for Birmingham-based artists and entrepreneurs. Co-designed with its participants, the workshop series is funded by the PrOPEL Hub and led by PUNCH and the CENTRE FOR RESEARCH IN ETHNIC MINORITY ENTREPRENEURSHIP - "CREME"- at Aston University Business School.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
 
Description University of Cardiff - International Research Seminar "HRM in the Public Sector - Does it work?" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact At this International Research Seminar, Alex Bryson of the Social Research Institute University College London shared findings on effectively private HRM practices could be translated to the public sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.propelhub.org/human-resource-management-in-the-public-sector-does-it-work/
 
Description University of East Anglia Keynote at the CIPD webinar - How cost effective is workplace wellbeing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Sara Connolly provided a keynote speech at the CIPD webinar exploring the cost effectiveness of workplace wellbeing and links between wellbeing and productivity. This provided an opportunity to showcase the work of the PrOPEL Hub.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description University of East Anglia Keynote at the Fountain Partnership Culture Shock video series 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Helen Fitzhugh of Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia joined Rebecca Lewis Smith from Fountain for a panel discussion exploring best practice in managing remote workers and how to mitigate the negative impacts of isolated and confined working.

This event formed part of CultureShock, a series of events from UEA and Fountain, in collaboration with the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce and provided a platform to promote and showcase the work of the Hub.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.propelhub.org/adapting-management-approaches-for-wellbeing-and-performance/
 
Description University of East Anglia Masterclass - Workplace wellbeing in a pandemic 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This event explored challenges and opportunities to promote wellbeing while managing remotely in the current pandemic. Presentations from the PrOPEL Hub's Dr Helen Fitzhugh and a wellbeing practitioner were given, followed by an interactive Q&A allowing participants to apply learnings to the context of their own organisations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/workplace-wellbeing-in-a-pandemic-16-november-2020-1200-1330-tickets-...
 
Description University of Nottingham keynote talk at the BSI Annual Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Richard Kneller and Cher Li presented at the 2020 British Standards Institute Conference outlining how standards are crucial component of a modern economic infrastructure and standards can play a prominent role in influencing business performance throughout the product lifecycle.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.propelhub.org/how-can-standards-address-the-uk-productivity-problem/
 
Description University of Sheffield - Knowledge into Practice Event "Reconnecting HR - Putting Conflict at the Heart of HR 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact At this workshop, experts in HR and conflict management discussed the practical implications of their research into the role of HR Practitioners in the management of workplace conflict. The research, which has been published in the Human Resource Management Journal and which was awarded the CIPD's Ian Beardwell Prize questions the centralisation of HR, the shift to business partnering and more remote models of HR management.

Speakers included Richard Saundry, Professor of HRM and Employment Relations at The University of Sheffield; Virginia Fisher, Associate Professor in HR Studies, Plymouth Business School; Sue Kinsey, Associate Professor in HR Studies, Plymouth Business School; Jonny Gifford, Senior Advisor for Organisational Behaviour at the CIPD and Debbie Sanders, founder of specialist employee relations consultancy Make Work Better
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.propelhub.org/workplace-conflict-workshop-series/
 
Description University of Sheffield - Knowledge into Practice event "HR, Trade Unions & Line Managers-the golden triangle of conflict resolution" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Richard Saundry chairs this event featuring Jez Stewart (Prospect Union), Caroline Sandy (ACAS) and Debbie Sanders (Make Work Better). Our speakers took a practical look at the benefits of developing high-trust relationships between line managers, HR and trade union reps.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.propelhub.org/workplace-conflict-workshop-series/
 
Description University of Sheffield - Knowledge into Practice event "Workplace bullying in the cultural industry" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The PrOPEL Hub's Prof Richard Saundry chaired this Knowledge into Practice event featuring Dr Sam Farley and Dr Alexandra Woodall exploring how to prevent, mitigate, and/or solve bullying in the cultural industry and in all organisations in general.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.propelhub.org/workplace-conflict-workshop-series/
 
Description University of Sheffield Keynote at the Virtual Employee Engagement Summit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professors Richard Saundry and Paul Latreille provided a keynote talk on building managerial capability to manage conflict in the workplace and exploring links between effective conflict management and productivity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description University of Strathclyde - "Our Shared Digital Future: Managing People for Innovation and Fair Work" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This Masterclass was delivered in partnership with Glasgow City innovation District. Professor Colin Lindsay, Professor Patricia Findlay and Hannah Davidson explored how organisations can best align introduction of and investments in new technologies with people management strategies that empower employees to innovate and drive productivity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.propelhub.org/our-shared-digital-future-managing-people-for-innovation-and-fair-work/
 
Description University of Strathclyde - Engagement Hack "Workplace wellbeing and innovation" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A session with over 15 senior people managers at Abellio to explore approaches to enhance work engagement, including taking a strengths based approach to delivering feedback.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description University of Strathclyde - International Research Seminar "Leading from the Outside In" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Colin Lindsay chaired a Masterclass "Leading from the Outside In", featuring Associate Professor Colin Fish, UCL Management school. The session focused on practical tips for using coaching as a leadership tool.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://twitter.com/PrOPEL_Hub/status/1420390883988590596
 
Description University of Strathclyde - Knowledge into Practice event "Work Engagement in Practice" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An interactive Knowledge into Practice workshop delivered by the PrOPEL Hub's Dr Nicola Murray. The session allowed a small group of people practitioners to explore the concept of workplace engagement and how it might be applied within the context of their own organisation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://twitter.com/PrOPEL_Hub/status/1397828386597318657
 
Description University of Strathclyde - Knowledge into Practice event Women in Fintech 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact In this interactive session chaired by the PrOPEL Hub's Prof Patricia Findlay, a panel of female leaders in Fintech offered insights on how working from home creates more opportunities for women to participate in fintech development.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://twitter.com/PrOPEL_Hub/status/1448234054365716480
 
Description University of Strathclyde workshop at Productivity Scotland Conference - What does the evidence say about employee engagement 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professors Patricia Findlay and Colin Lindsay ran an interactive workshop as part of the Productivity Scotland Conference. This explored employee engagement for wellbeing and innovation with an audience of people practitioners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.scdi.org.uk/events/productivity-club-scotland-presents-productivity-matters-2020-edinbur...
 
Description Volunteer co-ordinators: Looking after volunteers, looking after ourselves - What does workplace wellbeing look like in a volunteering context? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation combining findings from the wellbeing and productivity project, good jobs project and the IVR volunteering REA.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description What does the evidence say about employee engagement? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited presentation by Findlay and Lindsay at Scottish Counicl for Development of Industry Productivity Matters Conference, online, 12 February 2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.scdi.org.uk/events/people-and-productivity-productivity-matters-conference-2021/
 
Description Workplace Innovation Workshop, People, Organisations and Work Institute, De Montford University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Keynote presentation at workplace innovation workshop to stimulate academic and policy interest in supporting workplace innovation to drive productivity and wellbeing in the East Midlands.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022