The Brief

In Work and Wellbeing: Exploring Data in Inequalities, we look at how different aspects of fulfilling work might fit together to increase wellbeing. Core issues such as adequate pay and working hours are essential to ensure being in work supports our wellbeing. But what action is required to build a sense of purpose, personal agency and fulfilment for workers and deliver a workplace which also provides us with opportunities for development, social connections and friendship?

Our research suggests that the interactions between different facets of fulfilling work are complex and often highly subjective. Nevertheless, certain groups of people and employees in certain sectors are more or less likely to experience fulfilling work.

We believe that work should always improve personal wellbeing rather than undermine it. The challenge for policy makers and employers is to take a holistic view of how work impacts on wellbeing, to understand how we might deliver more fulfilling work for many more people. 

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