There are many fantastic brains behind the Future Work Design project, which will be showcased in coming blogs.

Terry is a highly experienced professor at the University of Hull; previously the Dean of the Business School, he then directed the Risk Institute which launched the Centre of Human Factors, within the University. Within the Risk Institute, Terry helped Prof. Earle conduct the initial research focusing on organisational risk, stress analysis and stress risk analysis; this helped shaped the Centre of Human Factors. Terry has an extensive background in risk and brings a wide range of knowledge to discussions.

Terry focusses on the risk element of the Future Work Design tool. With his breadth of knowledge about risk standards and common practice, Terry validated a lot of initial ideas from a risk perspective.

A typical day working on the Future Work Design project for Terry is all about the workshops. Trying and testing different risk-management techniques to see how they work amongst participants to ultimately conclude which approach is the most effective. Terry is heavily involved in the writing of the stress risk management guidance to enable people to successfully use the digital tool.

The Future Work Design tool is geared towards understanding stress risks  and the tool will facilitate a deeper conversation about stress and its root causes. The tool is currently at a working stage on paper and the team are working with the digital coding team to develop this into the working app !

Terry comments on his long-term vision for the tool: “the main vision is to help those important conversation about stress risk take place in local authorities, where they can sit down and use the tool to encourage a deeper discussion into why stress is present. This will enable people to have more of an understanding about their own stress and where their stress is coming from.”

The key feature of the tool is that it will explore causality to try and give users the freedom to ask ‘why’. The action-oriented tool will also help users to identity stress controls and what they can do about their stress.

Everyone here at FWD is excited to see the results from this innovative tool and the ways it can support people in councils in our area and beyond!

Terry provides some real insight from an external funding perspective (im not sure what this previous sentence means, seems a bit out of place). We’re excited to see what comes next for the Future Work Design risk assessment tool.

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