Mental health and well-being practices, outcomes and productivity: A causal analysis

This ground-breaking project is being funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of an £11 million research investment exploring different aspects of the productivity puzzle.

The study addresses the link between employee mental health and well-being and productivity outcomes. It is focusing on the causal processes by which employers can support better mental health and well-being and at the same time boost productivity. It will identify the practices firms should adopt to support good mental health and well-being and ensure productivity improvement, directly informing policy and practice.

The project is taking an interdisciplinary approach which brings together researchers from economics, management studies and occupational psychology.

The research involves following firms, work groups and related individuals over time. It uses a mix of econometric, statistical and qualitative methods and draws comparisons between the UK, Ireland and Sweden. In the UK, the focus is on firms based in the Midlands region. The research complements another major programme running in the Midlands – the Mental Health and Productivity Pilot (MHPP).

The project started in April 2022 and will run for three years.


All publications related to this project will be shared on the ERC’s website.

You can find these by clicking on the Mental Health theme tab.

Project Team

The project involves the ERC working in partnership with researchers at the Centre for Organizational Health and Development (COHD), University of Nottingham and Cork University Business School, University College , Cork 

ERC team: Stephen RoperMaria WishartVicki Belt

Nottingham team: Juliet Hassard, Holly Blake, Louise Thomson

UCC team : Jane Bourke, Stravroula Leka

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