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Launch of the Wellbeing at Work: Kingston Research Group

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Time: 6.00pm - 8.45pm
Venue: Kingston Business School, Kingston Hill campus, Kingston Hill, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 7LB
Price: free
Speaker(s): Alison Price, Chris Underwood, Dr Emma Russell (Chair), Dr Rachel Lewis

Launch of the Wellbeing at Work: Kingston Research Group

This is the fourth event for the 2015-2016 Kingston Business School Occupational and Business Psychology 'Engaging with the Profession' series. This quarterly networking and discussion series will seek to address key issues in our profession and provide a vital opportunity for discussion, development and networking to students and practitioners alike.

This event will explore the latest Wellbeing at Work research. Presenters will explore topics including employee engagement, leadership and work and life satisfaction. We will also have posters by previous students on display in the Atrium throughout the event. The evening will end with drinks and canapés.

Chair

  • Dr Emma Russell (MSc, PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS, FHEA) 

Event speakers

  • Alison Price (CPsychol, CSci, MRes, PgCert, BSc, AFBPsS) - Following the MAP to a more fulfilling and successful life
  • Chris Underwood (Managing Director, Adastrum) - Developing a model of Leaders with Purpose
  • Dr Rachel Lewis (CPsychol) - The role of managers in an effective and sustainable employee engagement, health and wellbeing strategy

Posters (TBA)

  • Folktales & Fairytales: How do teachers' stories challenge the Grand Narrative of Teaching? - Steve Abrams, FT MSc 2014/5
  • How can employability skills help employees to be career resilient? - Nina Williams
  • Gendered Language in the Workplace: Subconscious Inequality? - Katy Schnitzler
  • TBC

Agenda

  • 6.00pm - Networking, tea and coffee, poster presentations
  • 6.30pm - Welcome by Dr Joanna Yarker
  • 6.45pm - Speaker presentations chaired by Dr Emma Russell
  • 8.00pm - Networking, drinks and canapés

Presentation Abstracts

Following the MAP to a more fulfilling and successful life - Alison Price

Through Alison's professional practice and through interviewing leaders, managers and entrepreneurs while researching her four published books, Alison has discovered how critical it is to strike a balance between meaning, achievement and positive emotion in day-to-day life, but she also appreciates that these elements can be at odds with each other. Alison now (academically) studies the daily events that drive meaning, achievement and positive emotion with the aim of simultaneously improving the attainment of these aspects, and increasing overall satisfaction with work and life.

Developing a Model of Leaders with Purpose, Chris Underwood

In this session, Chris will be talking about the practitioner issues that led to him approaching the WWK to discuss the concept of Leaders with Purpose. He will explain how this developed into a collaborative programme of research that involved working with a range of senior leaders and Directors in the UK to develop a model of Leaders with Purpose. This model will be presented, with a focus on how Leaders with Purpose translate their purpose into success, and the potential barriers and facilitators to this. Finally, how the model can be used to assess and develop leaders in the current working world, in order to optimise success, will be discussed.

The role of managers in an effective and sustainable employee engagement, health and wellbeing strategy - Dr Rachel Lewis

Rachel will discuss the importance of managers in the relationship between employees and their health, wellbeing and engagement. She will present a 12 year body of research (conducted with colleagues at Affinity Health at Work) exploring this link.

Speaker Biographies

Alison Price (CPsychol, CSci, MRes, PgCert, BSc, AFBPsS)

Alison Price is a Chartered Psychologist and Occupational Psychologist and co-founder of a firm called ‘The Success Agents'. The Success Agents work internationally, providing consultancy advice, coaching and training, focusing on the mind-set and behaviours that underpin business success, great leadership/management, and satisfaction with work and life. Alison is the co-author of four internationally published books, including ‘Psychology of Success' which is being re-published in May 2016. Alison is a member of the Wellbeing at Work Kingston group, having lectured at Kingston University since 2010 and having studied at PhD level since 2014.

Chris Underwood - Managing Director, Adastrum

With over 18 years of experience in executive search and talent advisory, Chris Underwood has worked for some of the biggest names in the executive search and selection industry, before setting up Adastrum Consulting in 2009.

Chris has led a wide range of international transformational leadership assignments from CxO to Functional Heads of for FTSE 100 companies through to venture capital backed start-ups in the UK, Europe and USA. His passionate, pragmatic and practical approach has led to a new breed of executive search business that is revolutionising the industry and setting new standards. Chris uses an integrated talent management approach to support business transformation.

Rare to the industry, Chris is British Psychological Society (BPS) Level A&B qualified and is trained in a number of psychometric assessment tools. He studied Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Manchester.

Dr Emma Russell (MSc, PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS, FHEA) (Chair)

Dr Emma Russell is an academic-practitioner and a Chartered and Registered Occupational Psychologist. Emma heads up the WWK Research group, which she founded with colleagues from Kingston Business School in May 2015. Emma's research interests are in understanding strategies people use to deal with email and e-communications at work and how these impact on well-being and goal achievement. She has a background in personality psychometric development and assessment, which continues to form part of her research agenda. Emma works collaboratively with a range of other academics across the UK, along with expert practitioners in the field. In the last year this has involved developing research looking at E-Comms Fit in organisations and developing a model of Leaders with Purpose.

Dr Rachel Lewis (PhD, CPsychol)

Rachel Lewis is an associate professor at Kingston Business School and a Director of Affinity Health at Work (a niche occupational health consultancy). Her research spans both academia and practice in the fields of leadership, management, employee health, wellbeing and engagement. She (along with Emma Donaldson-Feilder) is the current British Psychological Society, and Division of Occupational Psychology, Practitioner of the Year for her work exploring the success factors for developing managers to improve employee health, wellbeing and engagement.

Booking is essential to attend this event.

For further information about this event:

Contact: Bhavika Sachania
Email: K1209512@kingston.ac.uk

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