A Wellbeing of the Workforce (WoW) study has been set up by Nottingham's universities to investigate how people's work and employment in the UK has changed because of COVID-19, the support they are receiving during this period, and how their wellbeing has been affected.
The study is a joint project between The University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, and is being co-ordinated by The Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham.
As part of the study, a survey has been launched to capture people's experiences of working during the pandemic. This includes those who have remained employed and may be working from home, those who have been furloughed by their employer, those on zero-hours contracts or who have been made redundant due to COVID-19 and the self-employed who may be in a similar situation due to the inability to work because of lockdown restrictions.
People who take part in the survey will be asked about recent changes to how they work, their health and wellbeing, and how they feel about the support they are getting from their employer, as well as from family and friends.
Participants will also be asked to complete the survey again at a later date, to see how things might have changed over time. The survey will take about 15 to 20 minutes to complete the first time.
The study is also looking to interview people to find out more information about their experience of working or being furloughed during the pandemic. Again, interviews will be repeated a few months later to see how things have changed for people.
The results of the survey and interviews will help the institute to develop recommendations and guidance for individuals, employers and policy makers on how to support the wellbeing and resilience of the workforce. Findings will be shared through reports, policy briefings, webinars and podcasts.
To take part in the online survey, click here
To find out more about the interviews, or to take part in an interview, please email the study team at WoWstudy@nottingham.ac.uk