April 20


02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

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The University of Sheffield and The PrOPEL Hub

We will present an overview of our training intervention on managerial capability and confidence, employee engagement and productivity.

Skilled managers productive workplaces (SMPW)

There is growing evidence that many line managers lack the skills needed to manage people effectively and to identify, address and resolve difficult personnel issues. Training programmes designed to increase basic people management skills, including the capacity to deal with conflict, could be one way of securing higher levels of employee engagement and improved productivity. Unfortunately, a lack of robust causal evidence in this area, makes it difficult to build a persuasive business case for investment in conflict management competences.

This project adopts a wait-listed cluster randomised controlled trial approach to evaluate the impact on engagement and productivity from an intervention that trains managers in conflict and other core competencies.

We track impacts over several months to assess the short- and long-term outcomes of the training intervention on organizations that take part in the study. We aim to provide evidence-based training tools which can be replicated in a range of organisational contexts.

In this research seminar, Professors Peter Urwin and Richard Saundry (University of Westminster) and Professor Paul Latreille (University of Sheffield), will share with you the methodology and some early results.

This session forms part of the PrOPEL Hub Research Showcase Series. Catch up on previous events and learn more about the work of the PrOPEL Hub here:


Peter Urwin, Professor of Applied Economics, University of Westminster

Richard Saundry, Professor of HR and Employment Relations, University of Westminster

Paul Latreille, Professor of Management, University of Sheffield

Event organised by the PrOPEL hub, by the Management School at the University of Sheffield and by the University of Westminster.

Hosted by the Centre for Decent Work at the University of Sheffield.

In partnership with the CIPD, the ESRC and ACAS.