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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How emotions shape our work life

18 June 2018

Jochen Menges, an expert in organisational behaviour, thinks that emotions matter profoundly for employee performance and behaviour. His studies...

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Making the numbers count: supporting and engaging women at every career stage

15 June 2018

Researchers call for gender equality and career support for women in the workplace, and an end to “the doom and gloom narrative” over their...

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All in a day’s work

12 June 2018

Researchers at the University of Cambridge are helping to understand the world of work – the good, the bad, the fair and the future.

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Gender inequality is ‘drowning out’ the voices of women scientists

24 April 2018

A University of Cambridge researcher is calling for the voices of women to be given a fairer platform at a leading scientific conference.

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Many highly-engaged employees suffer from burnout

21 February 2018

Underlining the danger of job burnout, a new study of more than 1,000 US workers finds that many employees who are highly engaged in their work...

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Prehistoric women’s manual work was tougher than rowing in today’s elite boat crews

29 November 2017

The first study to compare ancient and living female bones shows that women from early agricultural eras had stronger arms than the rowers of...

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Running on autopilot: scientists find important new role for ‘daydreaming’ network

23 October 2017

A brain network previously associated with daydreaming has been found to play an important role in allowing us to perform tasks on autopilot....

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No evidence to support claims that telephone consultations reduce GP workload or hospital referrals

27 September 2017

Telephone consultations to determine whether a patient needs to see their GP face-to-face can deal with many problems, but a study led by...

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