How are work and poverty linked? Developing an evidence-informed view

Anthony Haynes writes: From the outset of this blog, back in 2013, we have been interested in the stories that research can tell us about the world of work. One of our earliest posts, for example, featured some research from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) about the extent to which employment provided a route out… Read More

Membership organisations and metrics: the case of social media

Anthony Haynes writes: Recently (21 May) I attended Memcom, the annual conference on marketing for membership organisations. As last year, I enjoyed the occasion and learnt a good deal from the presentations. Yet I also felt some vague sense of dissatisfaction — not with specific presentations but rather with the presentations (the selection that I… Read More

Open plan offices – good or bad? The evidence from psychological research

Anthony Haynes writes: A perennial issue in human resource management is office layout and design. In recent years, open plan has been gaining ground as management’s preferred layout. Its perceived advantages include: cost savings (principally, reducing square footage per employee); ease of monitoring (or perhaps ‘surveillance’); greater communication between staff. However, recent research published by… Read More

New workplace economics research

Anthony Haynes writes: This blog is much concerned with such central questions to talent management as, “How do maximise job satisfaction?”, “How can you¬†retain your best staff?”, and “What can you do to make staff more productive?” Answers to those questions can sometimes be complex and sophisticated. But some are, at least in essence, surprisingly¬†straightforward… Read More