Getting ‘work’ right is good for people and the nation. It contributes to increasing productivity, better living standards and economic growth.

One day of paid work a week is all we need to get mental health benefits of employment

19 June 2019

Latest research finds up to eight hours of paid work a week significantly boosts mental health and life satisfaction. However, researchers found little evidence that any more hours – including a full five-day week – provide further increases in wellbeing. 

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KPMG and the University of Cambridge unveil new partnership to reimagine the world of work, starting with mental wellbeing

21 Jun 2022

New five-year partnership on the ‘Future of Work’ will examine the big issues affecting the modern workforce and offer practical, research-backed...

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Good work?

21 Jun 2022

What do we want from work - and how can we get it? Jennifer Howard-Grenville introduces the University's new partnership with KPMG on the future of...

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Remote working is a ‘mixed bag’ for employee wellbeing and productivity, study finds

22 Apr 2022

Adapting remote and hybrid work policies to employees’ specific work-life situations can result in increased well-being and productivity, but many...

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Women are ‘running with leaded shoes’ when promoted at work, says study

19 Apr 2022

Promotion at work has greater emotional benefit for men than women, says a new study on gender and workplace emotion.

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‘Generation lockdown’ needs targeted help-to-work policies – global report

21 Oct 2021

Nations the world over are guilty of “policy inertia” when it comes to supporting young people who lost work or will struggle to enter the labour...

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One in twenty workers are in ‘useless’ jobs – far fewer than previously thought

03 Jun 2021

The so-called ‘bullshit jobs theory’ – which argues that a large and rapidly increasing number of workers are undertaking jobs that they themselves...

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Furlough ‘stemmed the tide’ of poor mental health during UK lockdown, study suggests

24 Jul 2020

Researchers say the UK government should ask employers to share out reduced hours rather than lose workers, in order to mitigate a looming mental...

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Women bear brunt of coronavirus economic shutdown in UK and US

21 Apr 2020

New data shows women and people who did not go to university are more likely to have lost work and earnings since mid-March.

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Opinion: Coronavirus: five ways to be a better manager when working from home

25 Mar 2020

Everyone is adjusting to life during the coronavirus pandemic. For many, working from home is the new normal and poses all sorts of new challenges...

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Living on the edge

29 Mar 2019

Some of the most deprived areas in England are located in the eastern region. The New Horizons project has been helping those furthest away from the...

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AI: Life in the age of intelligent machines

22 Feb 2019

In a new film, leading Cambridge University researchers discuss the far-reaching advances offered by artificial intelligence – and consider the...

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Legislating labour in the long run – how worker rights help economies

12 Jul 2018

Researchers have built the single largest dataset of employment laws – spanning more than 100 countries across much of post-war history – to look at...

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