Look after your staff, says study

From left, Cary Cooper, Sir Paul Judge and Les Worrall.
From left, Cary Cooper, Sir Paul Judge and Les Worrall.
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A Lancaster University professor has won a prestigious award for his role in a writing a study advising managers on how to build a successful business while maintaining employee wellbeing.

The piece by Profs Cary Cooper and Coventry University co-author Prof Les Worrall was judged the ‘must read’ article to come out of UK universities in the past year. It scooped the top prize in the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Management Articles of the Year competition.

The report, entitled Improving the Quality of Working Life: Positive Steps for Senior Management Teams, identifies a ‘cycle of decline’ whereby the UK’s ‘organisational change epidemic’ has led to increased workplace stress, lower motivation and lower productivity.

One of the solutions proposed is to ensure managers are seen to be proactive, take a balanced view of employees that looks at performance and wellbeing and involve staff in setting deliverable objectives.

CMI’s Management Articles of the Year competition aims to bridge the gap between management research and practising managers working in UK organisations, by directing managers to the five articles from the past year their peers believe will help them and their organisations most.

Articles were submitted by the academic community, before being reviewed online and given a usefulness rating by CMI members.

Those with the highest ratings were then assessed by the CMI Academic Advisory Council, a committee made up of leading academics from across the UK.

Prof Cooper said: “I’m really pleased to win. What is particularly exciting for Les and I is that a large number of managers felt that improving the quality of working life was a worthy topic that makes a difference to the bottom line of UK Plc.

“It’s really encouraging that managers see this issue as being every bit as important to their roles as the decisions they might take in areas such as strategy, outsourcing or financial accounting.”