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Workshops for business – develop skills at the IWP International Conference 2014

Monday, May 12th, 2014

The biennial Institute of Work Psychology International Conference will be taking place from 24-26 June, but the day for businesses to look out for is Tuesday 24th.

Expert academic and practitioner speakers at the Institute are offering a series of workshops designed for individual, team or organisational development. They will be held at Sheffield University Management School, on Conduit Road.

All workshops prices include materials, refreshments, lunch, and the evening event. Our evening event includes our business keynote speech, and networking drinks and dinner.

Should you wish to discuss these workshops in any more detail or design a package that will suit your organisation, please contact Dr Angela Carter (, 0114 222 3250). If you wish to register several delegates for a particular workshop, we are happy to undertake a needs analysis to enable the content to be tailored to specific requirements. Read more online:


CLEAR IDEAS: How to be practically creative at work (10am-4:30pm, £99pp)
By Dr Kamal Birdi

Participants will learn how to:

• Analyse opportunities for innovation

• Use different creative thinking techniques to help produce more original ideas

• Generate methods for evaluating the quality of new ideas

• Identify barriers to innovation-led change and develop strategies for getting ideas for new products, services or processes put into practice

Organisations need to continually innovate in order to survive and thrive in a global marketplace. But how do you keep coming up with truly original new ideas? What levers can you use to make sure your new products or processes are successfully realised?

Our workshop draws together extensive research and practical experience to provide participants with a systematic process (CLEAR IDEAS©) for effectively generating and implementing new ideas at work. Hundreds of participants from private, public and third sector organisations (e.g., Tetra Pak, BOC, the BBC, NHS, Scottish Government and SCOPE) have already taken part in our workshops and our evaluation shows that using the CLEAR IDEAS approach can really help maximize organizational outcomes and enhance value for money.

Find out more and register online on the website:


Maximising leadership performance in different situations (11am-12:30pm or 2pm-3:30pm, £49)
Dr Angela Carter, Andrew Smith and Bob Wheeler

Participants will learn how to:

• Explore various leadership styles

• Adapt various leadership styles to situations

• Evaluate various leadership styles

• Reflect, model and develop own leadership styles

This workshop will focus on the ability to adapt leadership styles and behaviours to maximise effectiveness in a variety of situations (strategy development, performance management, and developing people). Through the lens of adaptability; models of Engaging Leadership (Alimo-Metcalfe, Alban-Metcalfe, Bradley, Mariathasan, & Samele, 2008) and Situational Leadership (Hersey & Blanchard, 1977) along with the Leadership Judgement Indicator (LJI, Lock & Wheeler, 2005) will be described, modelled and practiced to facilitate participants’ development.

Find out more and register online on the website:


To ask or not to ask? Why successful organisations ask more questions (10am-12:30pm or 2pm-4:30pm, £49)
Sarah Brooks & Andreana M Drencheva

Participants will gain an understanding of:

• The benefits of seeking internal and external feedback

• The usefulness of informal communication for achieving organisation goals

• The role of a feedback seeking strategy

• Tools and techniques to gather optimal feedback

It is the ability and willingness of individuals to ask questions that makes both start-ups and established organisations successful. From overcoming organisational silence to improving performance and catalysing innovation, asking questions and seeking feedback are valuable personal and organisational resources.

Combining new tools with academic research, theory and case studies, this workshop will help you to identify what you should be asking, when and of whom to achieve organisational goals. Are you ready to ask more questions?


Combination package: ’To ask or not to ask’ and ‘maximising leadership performance’ workshops (£75)

Find out more and register online on the website:



Teaching and knowledge exchange at the heart of IWP

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Research from the Institute of Work Psychology is headline grabbing, but there’s more to the IWP than this.

Students on the MSc Occupational Psychology and doctoral researchers are at the heart of the IWP’s activities and, along with the established team of academics, spend time sharing their knowledge with the public and industry. Here we review some of the IWP’s recent engagement activities:


IWP-Tata2013Hats off to students’ steely determination

MSc Occupational Psychology students can say ‘ta-ta’ to lecturers and tutorials now and again…

On 20 November, our group of postgraduate students visited Tata Steel in Stockbridge, Sheffield. Tata Steel is one of the world most geographically diversified steel producers and students learnt a great deal from the visit.


North of the Boarder

Dr Carolyn Axtell, senior lecturer at Sheffield University Management School, was invited to speak at Holyrood Magazine’s Mobile and Flexible Working Conference.

Held in Edinburgh on 28 October, Dr Axtell spoke about the effect of mobile and remote work on the workforce. This is a subject in which she is well versed, as in recent years she has worked with a range of organisations within both the public and private sector. Research projects have broadly related to either evaluating the impact of new technologies and new ways of working or helping develop new work practices. Carolyn has been invited to contribute to chapters/papers and speak at conferences on the topic of virtual working.

Holyrood Magazine is Scotland’s political and current affairs publication read by key legislators, Scottish parliamentarians, civil servants, political parties, health boards and trusts. This conference was held by their technical magazine. Read more:


Staying in touch: Alumni Success

Following on from Kate Bonsall-Clarke’s accolade last year, IWP alumna Kate Firth won the prestigious Practitioner of the Year award from the British Psychological Society.

Kate’s prize-winning submission contained redesigning the selection process for a large development programme at Tesco. Her work improved the effectiveness of identifying the best candidates for the programme and improved applicants’ experience.

The school’s MSc Occupational Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society. Read more:


ESRC Festival of Social Science: Is anybody out there?

It seems there are a lot of people out there to want to learn about IWP’s PhD students’ research.

A packed meeting room attended to hear Peter Crellin and Sarah Brooks give a talk as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science. Titled ‘Is Anybody Out There? Why bosses Don’t Always Listen’, the event took place on 4 November at the Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences (ICOSS), Portobello Road.

The pair discussed ways that senior management prevent their employees from talking openly to them. This can have subsequent effects on the employees and the wider organisation; Sarah and Peter drew on and combined their experience within the Institute of Work Psychology and wider research interests such as destructive leadership and workplace silence.