“It is important that we carefully design psychologically healthy workplaces that enable people to thrive at work”
9th of February 2022
Course leader presentation: Karina Nielsen
Designing, Implementing and Evaluating Organizational Interventions, 10th – 12th of May 2022, Fosshotel Reykjavik, Iceland
Karina Nielsen, you are the course leader for our course on “Designing, Implementing and Evaluating Organizational Interventions”. What is your background?
I am Professor of Work Psychology at the University of Sheffield. Before moving (back) to the UK, I worked at the National Research Centre for the Working Environment in Copenhagen where there was a great focus on applied research. I have a particular interest in the “how to” of organizational interventions. These are complex and difficult to implement and evaluate and I feel we need a greater focus on making explicit the tacit knowledge about how to design, implement and evaluate organizational interventions.
Why do you think that organizational interventions are an important and current issue to discuss in 2022?
Organizational interventions focus on making changes to the way work is organized, designed and managed. The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about many changes to the way we work and research shows that employees’ health and wellbeing has suffered as a consequence. As we settle in to, hopefully, a “new normal”, it is important that we carefully design psychologically healthy workplaces that enable people to thrive at work.
What do you want to say to the participants of the course?
When this course was announced on LinkedIn one of the participants on a previous course commented: “For me this course was the start of the best research adventure in my scientific life. Forever grateful!”. The focus of the course is very much on the ”how to” of organizational interventions, how to design, implement and evaluate organizational interventions. This is the stuff that you can’t read in papers, we focus on our lecturers’ practical experiences and the course is very interactive so also participants get a chance to learn from each other. I hope participants will get an opportunity to learn and share their experiences in a supportive environment.