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Evidence Matters

Newsletter - August 2015

Dear <<First name>>,

Welcome to the first edition of our regular newsletter, Evidence Matters.

We’ll keep you up-to-date with events, research and actionable insights, and resources to help you adopt an evidence-based approach to decision-making.

In this edition, you'll find:

Article: The road less travelled

If you were standing at a fork in a path, and the path was well-trodden in one direction but overgrown in the other – which would you choose? Probably the well-trodden one, right?

That’s how some organisations make decisions. Whether it’s who to hire, what training and development to invest in or how to make their people more productive, they follow what others have done and what they hear is ‘best’ – without any evidence that it’s going to work for them. Unsurprisingly, it sometimes doesn’t. And the impact of that can be huge.

Read our article to find out how taking an evidence-based approach helps you make better decisions.

What is an evidence-based approach?

Panel discussion: No more blind faith – just the facts

On 3 July, we held our launch event, No more blind faith – just the facts.

Our aim was to help organisations learn how using evidence helps make better decisions about people and work.

We listened to academic and practitioner perspectives on why taking an evidence-based approach is important and facilitated a lively panel discussion about how to do it.

Download a summary of our discussion to find out more.

Event: Insight into Action

Are you working through organisational challenges or planning to make changes? Are you interested in finding out what works, in what way and for whom?

Our new Insight into Action workshops give you the opportunity to examine your organisational challenges and initiatives from an evidence-based perspective. We'll help you unlock solutions to your current challenges by reviewing and applying models of evidence-based practice, sharing experiences with peers, and identifying practical actions to take away and implement.

Join us for our next event:
  • Date: 3 September 2015
  • Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Venue: One Alfred Place, London, WC1E 7EB
  • Cost: Free
Find out more and book your place

Research: Technology at work

During 2015/16, we will be focusing our own research agenda on the role and impact of technology at work.

Technology plays an increasingly significant role in our experience of work. The proliferation of mobile communication, never-ending email and the reliance on technology to connect virtual teams, is in one form or another impacting our experience of work as never before.

Our aim is to quantify the impact technology is having on work, from a psychological perspective. We will explore how people manage the impact of technology differently, and identify evidence-based advice and actions to help individual employees, the manager of a team or the leader of an organisation.


You’ve got mail!

The first area we’re exploring is email at work. Email is part of most people’s lives. But despite its widespread use and popularity, for some individuals and employers, it can be a source of major frustration, anxiety and lost productivity.

To understand more about how email both facilitates and negatively impacts the employee experience, we conducted a survey of just under 2,000 people across a variety of industries, sectors and job roles in the UK. We investigated whether factors such as technology, behaviour, demographics, work-life balance and personality play a role in our perceptions of email pressure and consequently in our coping strategies.

Discover what we found out, as well as some actionable insights into how you can improve your experience of email, in our research report.

If you’ve got any questions about what you’ve read in this edition, or you simply want to find out more about what we do at the Future Work Centre, please get in touch with us at or visit our website at

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