“The need to create a good work environment where employees can thrive and perform well is crucial to organizations”
14th of February 2019
Course leader presentation: Karina Nielsen
Designing, implementing and evaluating organizational interventions, 13th – 15th of May 2019, Hotel Copenhagen Island, Copenhagen, Denmark
Presentation of Karina Nielsen, Professor, Director of the Institute for Work Psychology, University of Sheffield, UK:
I am a work psychologist and did my PhD in Applied Psychologist at the University of Nottingham. After I completed my PhD, I did a brief stint in Sweden but then moved to the National Research Centre for the Working Environment in Copenhagen. In 2013, I moved back to the UK and in 2016, I took up the position as Director of the Institute for Work Psychology at the University of Sheffield. I did my PhD part-time and worked as a research assistant on a couple of interventions while doing my PhD. Since then my main area of research has been organizational interventions.
Why do you think that designing, implementing and evaluating organizational interventions is an important and current issue to discuss in 2019?
In recent years, the focus on the psychosocial work environment has increased and some talk about the “new work environment”. The need to create a good work environment where employees can thrive and perform well is crucial to organizations. At the same time, there are constant developments in policy to prevent a poor work environment and stress. Despite this focus, very little is known about how to improve the work environment and create healthy workplaces. Most research still focuses on the links between working conditions and stress and wellbeing. This has resulted in a gap where little is known about the “how to” of organizational interventions, that is how to make changes to work practices and procedures. Learning how to design, implement and evaluate organizational interventions is important is we want interventions to succeed in improving employee wellbeing.
What do you want to say to the participants of the course?
This is a hands-on course where we focus on the tools and methods on how to design, implement and evaluate organizational interventions. We have experienced intervention researchers from the Nordic countries and the US as lecturers and they will share their experiences with us. We also have a consultant presenting us with innovative methods to conduct organizational intervention. The course will be highly interactive. If you are interested in the “how to” of conducting organizational interventions, this is the course for you.