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  • 11th Jun 2021

Targeted referrals can improve gender equality in recruitment

We partnered with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to find ways to reduce their gender pay gap. We designed an intervention to diversify the range of people employees organically share new vacancies with by explicitly encouraging staff to share vacancies with underrepresented groups: targeted referrals. We also encouraged managers to…

  • Blog
  • 8th Jun 2021

We need your help: submit your innovative examples of reducing carbon emissions using behavioural science 🌱

In October, a month before COP26, BIT will host an online event (building on past conferences) called Behavioural LENZ (Lessons for the Environment and Net Zero). The event will bring together behavioural scientists, like Richard Thaler and Lucia Reisch, to discuss how the field can support reducing global carbon emissions. In…

  • Blog
  • 4th Jun 2021

Can one line on a CV support people back into work?

Recruiters spend less than 10 seconds screening a CV. Such rapid decision-making increases the role that bias can play in hiring decisions. Rather than skills, irrelevant factors can become filtering criteria or sources of discrimination, consciously or otherwise. To test how changes to the design of CVs might reduce a…

  • Blog
  • 2nd Jun 2021

Can behavioural science facilitate frugal innovation?

Did you know that a fridge could be made from clay? Or that sawdust, coffee husks and macadamia shells could be turned into an efficient energy source? These are examples of frugal innovations which are ”faster, better and cheaper solutions for more people that employ minimal resources”. Such innovations started…

  • Blog
  • 27th May 2021

Risky business - COVID-19 risk perception going into summer 2021

In one month, the UK is set to remove all remaining coronavirus restrictions - people will then be able to meet who they like, where they like. The success of the UK’s coronavirus vaccination programme - with 72.5% of adults having already received at least one dose - means that…

  • Blog
  • 24th May 2021

Will flexible working improve gender equality after COVID-19?

Today we launch a report detailing the findings from a longitudinal survey carried out in 2020 with nearly 4,500 UK employees that collected data on the time periods before lockdown (March), during early lockdown (May) and during tiered lockdown (October). We explored changes in flexible working across time and their…

  • Blog
  • 21st May 2021

How many days should we work from home after COVID-19?

Today we launch a report detailing a randomised controlled trial (RCT) we ran with Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S). The trial set out to evaluate the impact of setting different expectations for how much employees should work from home. DE&S is a public sector organisation with 11,500 employees (66% men)…

  • Blog
  • 17th May 2021

A rush on the high street? How narratives will shape the economic recovery

Narratives are stories that spread through society and help us make sense of the world around us. Economic narratives may include stories about what’s going on in the economy, the role of government, and what other consumers and businesses are doing. Some economic narratives you may have heard on the…

  • Blog
  • 13th May 2021

Can nudging improve student wellbeing? Results from an RCT in Australia

Studying at university can be challenging at the best of times: students are often juggling financial stress, challenging course content, living or studying in a new city, and changes to their friendships and social support networks. The events of 2020 certainly do not appear to have helped: a recent survey…

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  • 11th May 2021

Chômage des jeunes: repenser l’accompagnement pour aider les jeunes à prendre leur parcours professionnel en main

Après des années de réduction constante, les progrès faits en France sur le chômage des jeunes sont à nouveau menacés, cette fois par la pandémie de Covid-19