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The session will kick off with a presentation by student award winner Lauren May on the topic of work life balance while caring for dependant relatives. This will follow with a critical appraisal by Pietro Marenco, Director of ScienceForWork, and end with a look at some of the barriers to evidence-based management.
A JUGGLING ACT: Exploring the Lived Experience of Working Whilst Caring for a Family Member with Dementia Through Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.
There are a vast number of people juggling paid work with unpaid care for a family member with dementia. Lauren’s research explored this experience qualitatively in order to gain a deeper level of understanding and help inform practices to reduce working carer stress. Findings and implications will be discussed alongside recommendations for how organisations can help support working carers and retain a valued, satisfied, and productive workforce.
Lauren May, Student Award Winner 2018
Lauren completed her undergraduate degree at The University of Southampton where she received a BSc First Class Honours in Psychology. Following this, an interest in understanding consumer behaviour led her to work at Nestle and then a startup in the field of marketing. After six years, she decided she wanted to contribute towards healthy and high-performing work environments and so completed an MSc in Organisational Psychology. She is currently working at Daggerwing, a behaviour change consultancy.
WHEN THE BEST ANSWER DOESN’T STICK IN PEOPLE’S MINDS: Overcoming barriers to evidence-based management
Knowing the best answer to a question that is relevant for practice is pointless if it doesn’t stick in people’s mind. The effectiveness of communication is one of the biggest barriers to – or opportunities for – the uptake of the best available evidence in decision-making. But what makes for the best answer to a question, really? And what communication techniques make the best available evidence stick? Drawing from the basic principles of evidence-based management and the science of communicating science, Pietro will give practical answers to these fundamental questions.
The principles of ‘practical relevance’ and ‘trustworthiness’ of scientific evidence, such as size of effects and precision, and methodological appropriateness and quality
Some principles of ‘effective communication’ such as logical explanations, two-sided arguments, and vividness
Pietro Morenco, Editor & Director at ScienceForWork
Pietro is an I-O Psychologist specializing in performance and reward systems. He works in the realm of People Analytics at a large consulting company. Pietro is Editor and Director of ScienceForWork, a non-profit foundation committed to helping organizations achieve a positive ratio between good:bad management decisions by providing practitioners with the most useful information they need at the point of decision. On a more personal note, Pietro loves going up the mountains and underwater.
These webinars are ideal for I-O researchers who would like some grounding in understanding audiences and defining impacts of their research. Additionally, early business psychologists through to skilled practitioners wanting to better understand how to 1) appraise evidence to ascertain relevance for practice and 2) transfer knowledge from research to practice, would also benefit greatly.