New workplace wellbeing research will assess impact of workplace wellbeing interventions

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A newly announced collaboration will enable leading wellbeing researchers to uncover insights into how to advance wellbeing in the workplace.

Non-profit social impact organisation the World Wellbeing Movement and behavioural science practice MoreThanNow will collaborate on new field studies to assess the impact of workplace wellbeing interventions both on individuals and business performance.

Research will be informed by the Wellbeing Research Centre at the University of Oxford, wellbeing scientists at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and experts from both MoreThanNow and the World Wellbeing Movement.

The new collaboration is actively seeking a corporate industry partners to collaborate on randomised control trials (RCTs) in the field of wellbeing.

Pioneering research

This work will build upon established wellbeing leadership by both organisations.

Since its launch in July 2022, the World Wellbeing Movement has already enabled far-reaching impact through its involvement with Indeed’s Work Wellbeing Score – the largest study of workplace wellbeing in the world – and provided insights to S&P Global about the inclusion of four key dimensions of workplace wellbeing into their large-scale Corporate Sustainability Assessment, which includes more than 13,000 of the world’s largest companies.

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MoreThanNow’s prior research includes a study of psychological safety at telecommunications giant Ericsson, as well as A/B testing with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) initiatives, published in the Harvard Business Review.

MoreThanNow’s Psychological Safety Lab also undertook a robust RCT at Novartis division Sandoz that included more than 7,000 individuals across 1,000 teams globally, to empirically test what works in relation to psychological safety at work. Its findings are published in MIT Sloan’s Management Review.

Cause and effect of wellbeing at work

Now, the newly established Wellbeing Lab comprising of Prof Jan-Emmanuel De Neve (Wellbeing Research Centre; Saïd Business School, Oxford; and co-founder, World Wellbeing Movement), Prof Laura Giurge and Prof Christian Krekel (both at LSE) seeks to leverage unique academic expertise to provide new insights on both cause and effect of wellbeing at work.

Sarah Cunningham, Managing Director of the World Wellbeing Movement, said:

“Both the World Wellbeing Movement and MoreThanNow share a vision of leveraging evidence-based interventions to create positive real-world impact. We are thrilled to be collaborating on high-end research to identify further science-based interventions aimed at advancing employee wellbeing, or one of the many drivers thereof.

“We hope that our collaboration, bringing together some of the world’s leading academic researchers from the field of wellbeing science, will create an even larger and more sustainable impact than either of our organisations could achieve alone.”

James Elfer, Founder of MoreThanNow, said:

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“What works to improve employee wellbeing? The most accurate scientific answer is that we don’t know, and that’s because of an absence of high-quality, causal research coming out of organisations. 

“MoreThanNow and the World Wellbeing Movement are here to change that; not simply by designing interventions grounded in the best available evidence, but also by robustly testing their impact with experimental research. Together, we aim to create better organisations, improve people’s working lives, and make significant contributions to wellbeing science along the way”.

If your organisation would like to be part of this collaboration by enabling high-end field research within your company and learn together how to enable wellbeing at work, visit morethannow.co.uk.

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