Jane's research focuses on managing mental health and wellbeing, employee voice and engagement, work-life balance and presenteeism. Her work analyses the contextual features which inhibit and facilitate organisational practices. Understanding employee perspectives on the nature of their work and its impact on their wellbeing and engagement is central to her approach as is conducting research which has a practical application. She is particularly interested in line manager behaviour and the role informal processes play in influencing employee attitudes and behaviour. Her research combines both quantitative and qualitative case study methods and includes interviewing and surveying both managers and employees.
Jane's current research focuses on managing mental health in small and micro businesses: https://mhsb.york.ac.uk/. She discusses mental health in the workplace on the Public Health England/Behavioural Science and Public Health Network podcast: https://bit.ly/3nNyy7w. She is currently Co-Investigator on an UKRI ESRC funded project examining the Impact of COVID-19 on SMEs Staff Mental Health and Well-Being: Practices, Interventions and Strategy to Support Workforce and Enhance Productivity.
Jane was Principal Investigator on a research project part funded by The Wellcome Trust through the Centre for Future Health at the University of York. This interdisciplinary project evaluates the impact of extended shift hours in a Mental Health Trust on employee wellbeing, work life balance and organisational outcomes as employees adapt and respond to change; watch a film for Chartered Association of Business Schools on our work
Jane has a BSc in Psychology from the University of Liverpool. She worked as an IT analyst in London before completing a MSc Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations at Manchester School of Management, UMIST. She was awarded a PhD in Human Resource Management at Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester.