It has been a long time since I last posted on this Blog: too long. Fortunately, however, this has not been due to ill-health or loss of interest or complete retirement. 2015 and 2016 have been momentous years in UK and global politics and I have been hugely distracted by events. I have spent time writing a different blog in defence of a more collaborative, tolerant and just societal future. Probably this endeavour has proved more cathartic than influential but there it is. I do not apologise for this but it is time to refocus at least part of my energies.
Much has happened around me in our scientific and professional endeavours and I will soon start to describe the sometimes bumpy road that has been progress. Suffice to say here that I am still ‘alive and kicking’ and so is the Centre for Sustainable Working Life at Birkbeck and its ESRC Seminar Series on Cancer & Employment. The METIS Collaboration also continues and equally successfully. Collectively, we can boast new funding. People have joined us, some have moved and some have left us. There has been a plethora of new papers, chapters and reports, seminars and conference papers that, together, serve to prove my assertion that I am, we are, still ‘alive and kicking’.
Thank you to those who have periodically looked at what has been a never changing Blog in our ever changing world. The Blog crept over 20,000 hits while I have been mentally engaged elsewhere.
I delivered this eulogy to my friend and colleague Seb ~ Dr Eusebio Rial-Gonzalez ~ at the Healthy Workplace Summit 2015 in Bilbao in November.
Cancer & Employment: The Legal & Insurance
The third ESRC funded seminar on Cancer & Employment will consider the legal and insurance industry perspectives. It will be held in the Keynes Library, Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, London on 21st January 2015.
The Speakers will be: Joy Reymond, UNUM, Cerys Bratley, Macmillan Cancer Support, and Professor Tom Cox, Centre for Sustainable Working Life, Birkbeck University of London. The provisional programme is
Joy Reymond: Cancer & Employment: An Insurance Industry Perspective
Cery Bratley: Your Rights When Working With Cancer
Tom Cox: Cancer & Work: Thinking About Issues in Health & Safety La
The presentations are designed to provide an overview of current and future issues and stimulate subsequent group discussions. These discussions will focus on three questions:
- What are the key challenges that we need to address and can address?
- How can we use our current knowledge to meet those challenges through better systems, practices and policies?
- What else do we need to know?
Attendance at the seminar is free but there are limited places available. A waiting list will be kept if the seminar is over subscribed. Registration is through Eventbrite at:
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PSYCHOLOGICAL RESILIENCE & WELLBEING by PALMER AND GYLLENSTEN: SAGE
SAGE are preparing a new academic work, Psychological Resilience & Wellbeing, edited by Stephen Palmer and Kristina Gyllensten, Centre for Stress Management in London, which will be published next month (July 2015) as of the SAGE Library in Mental Health. Apparently, this work will be printed in three volumes with an introduction by the Editors.
Our paper on evaluating organisational-level work stress interventions: beyond traditional methods is to be included. This paper was first published in Work & Stress in 2007 (21, 348-362).
Without knowing the context of its publication, we are, at this point, somewhat flattered.
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Tagged Amanda Griffiths, Beyond traditional methods, Centre for Stress Management, Evaluation, Kristina Gyllensten, Mental health, Organisational-level stress interventions, Psychological resilience, Stephen Palmer, Stress, Tom Cox, Wellbeing
ASSESSMENT OF POTENTIALLY STRESSFUL WORK AND ORGANISATIONAL ENVIRONMENTS: THEORY AND METHOD
The Fourth Edition of the substantial text The Evaluation of Human Work has just been published edited by the late John Wilson and by Sarah Sharples. This book stands as a testament to John Wilson’s contribution over many years to ergonomics and human factors both in this country and abroad. Sadly, John passed away before this fourth edition was printed. He is and will continue to be sorely missed.
Our chapter in the Fourth Edition is on the theoretical framework for the assessment of potentially stressful work and organisational environments and includes an overview of the methods that might be best used. It is a substantive update of our earlier contributions.
It might be cited as: Cox, T., and Griffiths, A. (2015) Assessment of potentially stressful work and organisational environments: theory and methods. In: J. Wilson & S. Sharples (eds) Evaluation of Human Work: Fourth Edition. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis: London.
My thanks to John Wilson and Sarah Sharples and to Amanda Griffiths for their help in crafting this chapter through to completion. I hope that John would have been happy with it.
AN AFTERNOON AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE: HRM GARDEN PARTY
On 12th May, Sue and I were invited to attend a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace by the Lord Chamberlain on behalf of the Queen. The weather was unexpectedly good and the event most enjoyable with no repetition of ‘raspberry-gate’ on my part. The primary invitation was Sue’s in recognition of her contribution to the business community and the economy through her work in business and management education.
Garden parties have been held at Buckingham Palace since the 1860s, when Queen Victoria instituted what were known as ‘breakfasts’ although they took place in the afternoon. In the 1950s, the number of garden parties held at Buckingham Palace was increased to three a year. They took the place of presentation parties attended by debutantes and have evolved into a way of rewarding and recognising public service. They are attended by people from all walks of life.