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Published: 29 November 2018

Impact around new research identifying policies and management practices that lead to higher levels of employee involvement in decision-making at work

Surrey Business School's Dr Ying Zhou’s research co-authored with Emeritus Professor Duncan Gallie at Oxford University draws on large-scale European labour market surveys to examine the pattern of employee involvement in EU member states, the structural determinants of the level of employee involvement, its consequences for employee performance and well-being, and the impact of economic recession on individuals’ quality of working life.

To date, the research report ‘Work Organisation and Employee Involvement in Europe’ and research paper ‘Job Control, Work Intensity and Work Stress’ have influenced both UK and EU employment policies. Their findings have been presented to the UK Cabinet Office, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the European Commission and influenced the development of the OECD Job Quality Framework, which was formally adopted in G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ Ankara Declaration in 2015.

Research Impact

  • Their research was presented to the UK Cabinet Office and cited in the 2014 UK Wellbeing and Policy Report authored by the former Cabinet Secretary Lord Gus O'Donnell and other prominent social scientists.
  • Their research has influenced the OECD Job Quality Framework, which was adopted in G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ Ankara Declaration in 2015. At the Heads of States Summit, Ministers of Labour and Employment from G20 members and invited countries accepted the importance of job quality as a policy goal, acknowledging that ‘quality jobs are important as a key driver of greater well-being for individuals and society”.
  • Their research was cited in the 2015 European Commission policy document Employment and Social Developments in Europe.
  • Their research was cited and commented in the French Newspaper Le Monde in July 2018 in the context of the former Chief Executive of France Telecom and six other managers standing trial over a spate of employee suicides in the late 2000s.
  • Dr Ying Zhou’s research (with Professor Serge Paugam) was cited in the Gollac Report, an influential French policy document which led to a government decree to monitor psychosocial risks in all large firms with over 1000 employees in France.
  • Dr Ying Zhou was invited as an expert advisor by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions to advise on the design of the 4th European Company Survey, which is to be carried out in 25,000 work organisations in over thirty European countries in 2019. This programme will provide evidence to assist EU policy making with regard to work organisation, human resource management, skills use, skills strategies, digitalisation, direct employee participation and social dialogue.