Working Late Strategies to Enhance Productive and Healthy Environments for the Older Workforce Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:43:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Walking Works Wonders logo design competition Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:41:11 +0000 As part of a RCUK funded research project, entitled Working Late, the Work and Health Research Centre (WHRC) developed an intervention called Walking Works Wonders, shown to be highly effective in terms of increasing peoples’ physical activity and improving their health. Funded by the Enterprise Project Group, the WHRC are now developing Walking Works Wonders as a commercial enterprise.
An important aspect of this commercialisation project will be developing a strong visual identity or logo for Walking Works Wonders. WHRC received a grant from the Loughborough University Development Trust to launch a design competition open to all Loughborough University students inviting them to submit their design ideas.

A total of 24 entries were submitted from students, 6 were shortlisted and a judging panel comprising Professor Cheryl Haslam, Professor Roger Haslam and Ricardo Twumasi selected the top 3 entries.

The winners were:

3rd place with a cash prize of £150 – Tony Elkington
2nd place with a cash prize of £250 – Pirawuth Poshyananda (Nath)
1st place with a cash prize of £500 – Emily Winkler Brown

On 22nd Oct 2014 Professor Cheryl Haslam, Director of the Work and Health Research Centre, presented the prizes.

Walking Works Wonders prize presentation

Emily is now working with WHRC and Rock Kitchen and Harris who are building the Walking Works Wonders web site to develop and implement her design ideas.

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Walking Works Wonders Branding Competition Launch Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:23:51 +0000 Walking Works Wonders is a new enterprise project and we are launching a branding competition funded by the Loughborough University Development Trust. Loughborough University students are invited to share their branding ideas for a chance to win cash prizes of up to £500 and a paid internship working with the project team to implement their ideas for the visual identity of the Walking Works Wonders intervention and associated materials.


Download the full project brief and details of how to enter here: Walking Works Wonders Competition Brief

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Exciting new commercialisation project launched Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:12:34 +0000 We are facing an epidemic of sedentary behaviour. This is a major public health concern, as prolonged sitting is a known risk factor for a wide range of chronic diseases.

Professor Cheryl Haslam, Director of Loughborough University’s Work and Health Research Centre (based in the School of Sport Exercise and Health Sciences) is leading a commercialisation project (funded by Loughborough University Enterprise Projects Group) which offers organisations the opportunity to increase the amount of physical activity their employees do, using a tailored approach to promoting physical activity.

Professor Haslam explains: “This approach to behaviour change has been tried and tested as part of several highly acclaimed research projects including the recent Working Late project where the Walking Works Wonders intervention was shown to be effective in reducing BMI and sickness absence, increasing productivity and improving health and quality of working life and offer a return on investment of up to £32 for each pound spent on the intervention.”

Considerable scope now exists to market this effective intervention to small, medium and large organisations in the public and private sector.  The enterprise project plans to transfer the Walking Works Wonders intervention and its associated benefits to organisations across the UK.

As part of the launch of this project, in collaboration with the Loughborough University Development Trust a competition is also being launched for Loughborough University students to share their branding ideas for a chance to win cash prizes up to £500 and a paid internship working with the project team to implement their ideas for the visual identity of the Walking Works Wonders intervention and associated materials.

For more details and to enter visit:

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A New Dynamic of Ageing Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:27:52 +0000 The Working Late team exhibited a range of findings from the project at the New Dynamic of Ageing event. Heralded by the NDA and Age UK as ‘The ageing research showcase of the decade’.

The Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Greater London N1 0QH

Researcher Ricardo Twumasi, Professor Cheryl Haslam and Professor Alan Walker

Dr Myanna Duncan assessing one of the delegates

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NDA Findings 22 Wed, 25 Sep 2013 09:43:04 +0000 Please find the New Dynamics of Ageing Findings Document for the Working Late Project below.

The Working Late project has raised the profile of the ageing workforce and produced new knowledge of how organisational policy and practice impacts on the employment experiences of older workers. Investigating experiences of older job seekers has highlighted some of the ways employers may discriminate on the basis of age. The journey to work and the options, enablers and barriers workers may face were investigated and a travel resource was generated to help identify and manage commuting problems. The research evaluated employees’ experiences of previous workplace health promotion initiatives and used the results to inform the development of a new and innovative physical activity intervention. The Walking Works Wonders intervention was designed, implemented and evaluated in work sites across the UK. Results showed that it improved health, productivity and quality of working life, and now considerable scope exists for many more employees and organisations to benefit from this intervention. Finally a web resource: the Organiser for Working Late (OWL) was developed to support workers and managers using tools that aid communication in relation to good design and ergonomics, promoting an inclusive workplace and facilitating later life working.

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Research Councils UK Parliamentary Reception features Working Late Mon, 10 Jun 2013 10:47:09 +0000 House of Commons invites Loughborough researchers to present their work

On Tuesday 4th June 2013, Professor Cheryl Haslam and Dr Myanna Duncan attended a Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology event held at the House of Commons, Westminster.  Entitled ‘The Science of Health and Well-being’, the event showcased the latest scientific developments in the field of health and well-being. Seven of the leading funding bodies were present: Arts and Humanities Research Council; Medical Research Council; Science and Technology Facilities Council; Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council; Natural Environment Research Council; Biotechnology and Biosciences Research Council; and the Economic and Social Research Council.

Professor Haslam and Dr Duncan were representing the New Dynamics of Ageing Programme. The research team showcased the ‘Working Late’ project which focuses on the practice and policy issues of later life working. Delegates were told about the successful Walking Works Wonders intervention which promotes physical activity in the workplace and improves health, productivity and quality of working life.  Delegates were given the opportunity to have a one-to-one health screening using the TANITA body composition analyser. The health screenings were very well received with some 50 delegates cueing up for this experience!

Adam Afriyie MP, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, opened the event with a talk on the value of science in improving health and well-being. This was followed by a presentation from Professor David Walker, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer from the Department of Health, who focused on evidence-based practice informing policy making.  Interactive exhibitions were available from other research projects including: Lasers for Health; Urban Air Quality; Medical Devices; the UK Biobank; and the Impact of Tobacco on Health and Well-being. Professor Rick Rylance, the Chair of Research Councils UK closed the event sharing his reflections from what had been an engaging and informative afternoon.

Professor Cheryl Haslam commented: ‘it was a wonderful opportunity to share our research with policy makers. We were proud to represent the New Dynamics of Ageing Programme and the Economic and Social Research Council at this prestigious event’. Dr Myanna Duncan commented on the day: ‘the delegates we spoke with showed a keen interest in health science research and were most eager to learn about high quality, evidence-based practice’.

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Eurofound FSS 2013 Working Late Sat, 25 May 2013 11:44:42 +0000 Working Late researcher Ricardo Twumasi was invited to give two talks, which facilitated discussion at European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) Foundation seminar series 2013 – Promoting diversity at the workplace: a strategy for inclusion and competitiveness.

An overview Prezi is available below:


Many delegates requested links to the videos, which are all available here:

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NHS Atlas of Risk Tool Thu, 25 Apr 2013 11:19:27 +0000 Interventions as part of the Working Late project have taken a lifespan approach to promoting health in response to the ageing workforce.

Take a look at the tool below from the NHS called the ‘Atlas of Risk’. This atlas will help you to put health risks and death rates into perspective. Use it to compare cause of death and risks to health based on age, sex and region.

NHS Atlas of Risk

Go to NHS Choices homepage

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Working Late Project Showcase Event Tue, 12 Mar 2013 13:25:22 +0000

Professor Cheryl Haslam presenting an overview of the Working Late project.

The showcase event for the ‘Working Late’ project, a four-year project enhancing productive and healthy environments for the older workforce was greeted as a tremendous success.

Professor Alan Walker Director of the New Dynamics of Ageing (NDA) Programme that funded the Working Late project said: “Working Late is a perfect embodiment of the essence of the NDA programme, it is of the highest quality science, the researchers are top quality, the work they have done is excellent.”

The Walking Works Wonders section of the project presented findings which show that the UK workforce is currently experiencing a sitting epidemic.  The researchers then went on to present the highly successful workplace physical activity intervention they developed in 10 worksites across the UK. The 12 month intervention with a further 12 month follow-up resulted in reduced BMI, body fat and sickness absence and improved work performance.

Delegates at the Working Late showcase event were given the opportunity to experience aspects of the research first hand; attendees were challenged to use their coffee break to take a walk, increase their step counts on pedometers they were issued with and send in interesting photos:

The event showcased findings from the OWL design resource which aims to support line managers in facilitating healthy ageing at work through design.  The event also featured The Journey to Work project, which had developed a resource to help employees identify and manage problems they may encounter in their daily journey to work.

Colette Nicolle presenting The Journey to Work resource.

Dr. Diane Gyi presenting the OWL at the Showcase event.

The event also premiered videos from the Dynamics of Later life working part of the Working Late project, presented by researcher Ricardo Twumasi. Ricardo commented:  “In this part of the project we explored the experiences of workers, and job seekers over 50, and in the process uncovered evidence of age discrimination within recruitment’.

Chris Ball, CEO of The Age and Employment network commented on the Dynamics of Later life project:

“I thought the clips were great, very insightful, a great opportunity to see how people often think, and talk in private, the kinds of thing that its very difficult to capture.”

Chris added: “its been a wonderful project been conducted very ably by Cheryl and her team, I’ve enjoyed participating”

All pictures from the event are available here

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Showcase Event Live Tue, 12 Mar 2013 10:00:38 +0000 The Working Late Showcase Event is now running, if you were not able to get a place, have a look at our overview Prezi below, and follow the action on twitter under the hashtag #workinglate2013

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