Want to be healthier, save the planet and boost the economy? Then work less – cutting working week would improve well-being and boost economy, say experts – The Independent – 18 September 2013

Posted on September 20, 2013. Filed under: Health Status, Workforce | Tags: , |

Want to be healthier, save the planet and boost the economy? Then work less – cutting working week would improve well-being and boost economy, say experts – The Independent – 18 September 2013

“It may be the excuse long-suffering commuters have been waiting for, as new research suggests that working fewer hours each week can be good for your health, protect the environment and even boost the economy.

A group of economists believes the working week should be reduced from an average of 40 hours to just 30 and cite Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, among others, as examples of countries that have shorter working weeks but no less productivity among workers.”

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Report the article is based on

Time on Our Side – New Economics Foundation nef – 18 September 2013

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Well-being patterns uncovered: An analysis of UK data – New Economics Foundation (nef) – November 2012

Posted on November 28, 2012. Filed under: Health Status | Tags: , , |

Well-being patterns uncovered: An analysis of UK data – New Economics Foundation (nef) – November 2012

“Executive summary

The UK has a unique resource. As of April 2011, the UK’s largest survey, the Annual Population Survey (APS), has included four questions on subjective well-being. The data from the survey will allow analysts both inside and outside government to better understand the determinants of well-being.”

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The Challenge of Co-production: How equal partnerships between professionals and the public are crucial to improving public services – 15 December 2009

Posted on December 16, 2009. Filed under: Patient Participation | Tags: , |

The Challenge of Co-production: How equal partnerships between professionals and the public are crucial to improving public services

pdf version of the report – The Challenge of Co-production

“Public services face an unprecedented set of challenges. But by involving individuals and users in the design and delivery of public services through co-production, services can be more effective, efficient and sustainable.”

“New challenges face public services in the UK. These include increasing demand, rising expectations, reduced budgets and seemingly intractable social problems. This report argues that co-production – users and professionals working together to design and deliver public services in equal partnership – has the potential to deliver a major shift in the way we provide public services.

By involving individuals and users in the design and delivery of public services, rather than treating them as passive recipients of services, co-production allows health, education, policing and other public services to be delivered more effectively, more efficiently and more sustainably

The report is the first of three publications to be delivered from a major project between NESTA’s Public Services Innovation Lab and nef to increase the understanding of co-production and how it can be applied to public services.”

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A Bit Rich: Calculating the real value to society of different professions – New Economics Foundation – 14 December 2009

Posted on December 16, 2009. Filed under: Workforce | Tags: , , , , |

A Bit Rich: Calculating the real value to society of different professions

“This report takes a new approach to looking at the value of work. We go beyond how much different professions are paid to look at what they contribute to society. We use some of the principles and valuation techniques of Social Return on Investment analysis to quantify the social, environmental and economic value that these roles produce – or in some cases undermine.
 
Pay matters. How much you earn can determine your lifestyle, where you can afford to live, and your aspirations and status. But to what extent does what we get paid confer ‘worth’? Beyond a narrow notion of productivity, what impact does our work have on the rest of society, and do the financial rewards we receive correspond to this? Do those that get more contribute more to society?
 
Our report tells the story of six different jobs. We have chosen jobs from across the private and public sectors and deliberately chosen ones that illustrate the problem. Three are low paid – a hospital cleaner, a recycling plant worker and a childcare worker. The others are highly paid – a City banker, an advertising executive and a tax accountant. We examined the contributions they make to society, and found that, in this case, it was the lower paid jobs which involved more valuable work.
 
The report goes on to challenge ten of the most enduring myths surrounding pay and work. People who earn more don’t necessarily work harder than those who earn less. The private sector is not necessarily more efficient than the public sector. And high salaries don’t necessarily reflect talent.
 
The report offers a series of policy recommendations that would reduce the inequality between different incomes and reconnect salaries with the value of work.”

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