'Always on managers' are now working 29 days extra a year and are suffering rising levels of stress according to the 2016 Quality of Working Life study.

CMI and Work Psychology Group surveyed 1,574 UK managers. Read on to:

  • Find out what’s driving the long-hours culture and the impact it has on workers and employers
  • Learn from case studies of progressive businesses finding innovative ways to improve the quality of their employees’ working lives
  • Take away recommendations on the effective management skills that improve welfare at work
The 'always on' culture must be switched off, with line managers encouraged to support an 'always willing' mindset that reflects the give-and-take necessary for work/life balance.

Get the lowdown on the latest working trends affecting managers’ stress levels, and the impact it’s having on their wellbeing – and that of their employers.

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  • Complete insight into what's affecting managers' quality of working life and the impact it's making.
  • Case studies of major employers finding new ways to improve staff welfare through better management.
  • Recommendations for developing managers to improve workplace wellbeing and productivity.
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Executive Summary and Recommendations

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Case Studies

Learn from the likes of Arup, Imperial College London and Loopdynamic on how they are improving the quality of working life of their employees.



'Building a caring company'

Evan Davidge

Head of Reward, Arup

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Imperial College London

Imperial College London

'Creating a culture shift'

Leyla Okhai

Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, Imperial College London

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'Headhunters with a passion for the gym'

Katy Garnell

HR & Operations Manager, Loopdynamic

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Sunderland City Council

Sunderland City Council

'How to be successful in times of great change'

John Rawling

Deputy Director of Human Resources & Organisational Development, Sunderland City Council

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'Employee empowerment is key'

Diane Foster

HR Director, Flamingo

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Quality of Working Life 2012

Quality of Working Life 2012

Managers’ Wellbeing, Motivation and Productivity