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  • 18th Jun 2021

Simply telling men that their peers support parental leave and flexible working, increases their intention to share care

According to recent research, 76% of mothers and 73% of fathers would like to work flexibly to spend more time with children - a remarkably similar proportion. Yet mothers are much more likely to work part-time than fathers. So if dads want to work flexibly, what’s stopping them? One barrier…

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  • 17th Jun 2021

Podcast: COVID vaccines & tech repairability

Working with mayors across the US on engaging with people who are cautious or unwilling to get a COVID-19 vaccine and supporting the French government's plans to promote a more sustainable and circular economy by encouraging people to repair rather than replace tech products.

  • Blog
  • 16th Jun 2021

Buying better: improving NHS procurement with behavioural insights

Hospital procurement may never attract the same level of attention as other parts of the NHS, but it is nonetheless a crucial element of our healthcare system and one with clear room for improvement. Digital procurement platforms are often outdated and incredibly complex, making the job of procurement staff much…

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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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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)…

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  • 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…