Exploring the world of work in an era of change; implementing best-practice policy and procedures

With a team comprising more than 20 professionals, we provide tailored expert advice and training to not-for-profit, industry and government organisations through workshops, consultancy and research partnerships in the areas of human resource management, industrial relations, workplace innovation and organisational behaviour.

Services

Engagement is the interaction and knowledge exchange that occurs between WOW researchers, their clients and the research’s beneficiaries.

Research conducted by the Centre seeks to impact workers, organisations and labour markets to effect positive change through the implementation of best-practice policy and procedures.

Research process: A guide for business and industry

Got a problem to solve or questions to answer?

Project completed

  • Sharing of data/findings: Presented to client/grant partner/ funding body in manner agreed to.
  • Final reports prepared (if part of funding terms).
  • Post-project, parties may pursue new funding and/or collaborative opportunities to build upon the recently completed, or new, research.

Milestones met

  • Interim/annual reports submitted to client/grant partner/funding body;
  • Workshops, symposium, seminars;
  • Board presentations
  • Training initiatives
  • Engagement via media outlets, civic forums etc;
  • Publications via academic and media outlets;
  • Subsequent invoices raised by Griffith for progress payments.

How researchers can help

WOW researchers use an evidence-based approach to deliver research.

What does research involve?

  • Conducting surveys, interviews and focus groups in the field or your business;
  • Reviewing the academic, policy and practice-based literature around your question/problem to identify information that already exists;
  • Evaluating your business and/or industrial relations policy and practice; and
  • Developing case studies from, or pilot studies within, your business.

Types of research

  • Funded by business/industry client i.e. researcher as consultant or contractor.
  • Business/industry become grant partner i.e. Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage grant scheme.

Project commences

  • WOW research team make submission to Griffith University Human Research Ethics Committee for clearance to commence.
  • Additional members of the project team hired (if part of funding terms).
  • Creation, collection, analysis and storage of data.

Whom do I contact?

WOW researchers hold expertise in the areas of gender, equity and diversity; employee voice; managing human capital; wellbeing; health and safety; emotion; and collectivism at work.

Contact the Centre on (07) 3735 3714, wow@griffith.edu.au or the researchers with the expertise you need, directly.

Proposal developed

Consultation between WOW researcher/s and client/grant partner.

Proposal to proceed: documentation

  • Funded research: Contract/s drawn up by Griffith University (unless client requires use of their contract);
  • or
  • Grant partner on ARC Linkage grant: Partner commitment required in writing. If ARC Linkage application is unsuccessful, WOW researcher/s and grant partner renegotiate project.
  • Invoice raised by Griffith University for first payment.

Research process: A guide for business and industry

Got a problem to solve or questions to answer?

How researchers can help

WOW researchers use an evidence-based approach to deliver research.

What does research involve?

  • Conducting surveys, interviews and focus groups in the field or your business;
  • Reviewing the academic, policy and practice-based literature around your question/problem to identify information that already exists;
  • Evaluating your business and/or industrial relations policy and practice; and
  • Developing case studies from, or pilot studies within, your business.

Types of research

  • Funded by business/industry client i.e. researcher as consultant or contractor.
  • Business/industry become grant partner i.e. Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage grant scheme.

Whom do I contact?

WOW researchers hold expertise in the areas of gender, equity and diversity; employee voice; managing human capital; wellbeing; health and safety; emotion; and collectivism at work.

Contact the Centre on (07) 3735 3714, wow@griffith.edu.au or the researchers with the expertise you need, directly.

Proposal developed

Consultation between WOW researcher/s and client/grant partner.

Proposal to proceed: documentation

  • Funded research: Contract/s drawn up by Griffith University (unless client requires use of their contract);
  • or
  • Grant partner on ARC Linkage grant: Partner commitment required in writing. If ARC Linkage application is unsuccessful, WOW researcher/s and grant partner renegotiate project.
  • Invoice raised by Griffith University for first payment.

Project commences

  • WOW research team make submission to Griffith University Human Research Ethics Committee for clearance to commence.
  • Additional members of the project team hired (if part of funding terms).
  • Creation, collection, analysis and storage of data.

Milestones met

  • Interim/annual reports submitted to client/grant partner/funding body;
  • Workshops, symposium, seminars;
  • Board presentations
  • Training initiatives
  • Engagement via media outlets, civic forums etc;
  • Publications via academic and media outlets;
  • Subsequent invoices raised by Griffith for progress payments.

Project completed

  • Sharing of data/findings: Presented to client/grant partner/ funding body in manner agreed to.
  • Final reports prepared (if part of funding terms).
  • Post-project, parties may pursue new funding and/or collaborative opportunities to build upon the recently completed, or new, research.

Behavioural Risk Factors (SNAPO) for Cardiovascular Disease in the Queensland Construction Industry

Working with Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, under the Queensland Government’s ‘Healthier. Happier. Workplaces’ initiative, we developed and implemented a dietary health promotion program on large project-based construction sites in Brisbane.

Outcomes

  1. Development of a Healthy eating environment audit tool specific to construction.
  2. Development of a project site setup tool to create healthy eating environments in construction.
  3. A 12-month intervention to achieve positive change in risk factors for chronic behavioural diseases using organisational or individual level interventions.
  4. Academic papers on creating healthy eating environments in construction.

Skills Audit and Gap Analysis for Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018

Working with the Queensland Department of Training, Education and Employment, we assessed the skills needed to deliver aspects of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, including:

  • direct skills and indirect skills demand
  • indirect skills demands associated with the wider tourism, hospitality and leisure, transport, police and emergency services sectors
  • identify gaps in labour market capacity
  • make recommendations to address those gaps

Outcomes

A report was prepared and presented to the collaboration partner that:

  • Examined existing data on skills shortages, labour market projections, and skills associated with previous similar events.
  • Included findings following the analysis of new primary data collection through interviews with key stakeholders.

Supporting the Educators: Occupational Stress and Wellbeing across the Teaching Career-Span

Working with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) and Independent Education Union Queensland and Northern Territory Branch (QIEU), we sought opinions from all members regarding working conditions and the evaluation of key employee psychological health issues.

Outcomes

  1. Project design and marketing.
  2. Qualitative and quantitative data collection.
  3. Results reported and presentated to both QCT and QIEU members and executive teams.
  4. Designed as a ‘pilot’, this research is will lead to a further longer-term collaborative research project.
  5. Production of one Organisational Psychology Masters thesis and two academic publications.

The Future of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

Working with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES), we sought opinions from all paid QFES employees regarding working conditions and management practices, and potential future changes to the structure and management of QFES.

Outcomes

  1. Design, administration and reporting of a self-report survey for all paid QFES employees.
  2. Results reported and presented to the senior QFES executive.

Our research

Our research examines seven key contemporary workforce issues to help us understand how organisations and individuals respond to the demands of a constantly changing business environment.

Want to know more?

Get in touch with the Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing