The Brief

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. 

Work and Wellbeing

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 examining the UK labour market 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.

Fulfilling Work in Ireland

Ireland today is emerging from the long shadow of the recession to enjoy a stronger labour market. For citizens to reap the benefits of the economic recovery to enjoy a better quality of life, we need to focus not only on the numbers in employment but also on quality of work.

Drawing on national and European statistics, Fulfilling Work in Ireland discusses how the changing labour market and economy are impacting on quality of work and wellbeing for workers across Ireland. Against a backdrop of flat lining real wages and growing insecurity for many, the report argues that a renewed focus on job quality will be key to ensuring the economic recovery delivers for people in Ireland. Read the discussion paper, Fulfilling Work in Ireland or explore the full data review.

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