Carol Stanfield

Senior Research Fellow

Carol is an independent consultant with over 20 years’ experience in skills and labour market research. As a Senior Research Fellow at the ERC she is supporting the delivery of core and commissioned projects and is currently working on ‘Mental Health and Productivity in the Midlands Engine’ and ‘Learning from the Best’.

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Biography

Carol is an independent consultant with over 20 years’ experience in skills and labour market research. As a Senior Research Fellow at the ERC she is supporting the delivery of core and commissioned projects and is currently working on ‘Mental Health and Productivity in the Midlands Engine’ and ‘Learning from the Best’.

Policy Briefing

What drives productivity growth behind the frontier? A mixed-methods investigation into UK SMEs.

International evidence suggests productivity growth is most rapid among ‘frontier’ firms, i.e. those in the top decile of the productivity distribution. Other studies have identified the marked difference in sectoral productivity growth in the UK over the last decade. Here, we consider the drivers of productivity growth in SMEs which are ‘behind the frontier’.

Research Report

Employee well-being, mental health and productivity in Midlands firms: The employer perspective

This report focuses on the engagement, attitudes and behaviours of around 1,900 employers across the East and West Midlands to employee well-being and mental health. It also considers the effects of well-being and mental health on organisational performance and productivity. Data for the study was collected through telephone interviews and in-depth case studies in the three months immediately before the Covid-19 virus lockdown. The report therefore provides a pre-Covid-19 baseline which may be a useful comparator in months and years to come, when considering the impacts of the pandemic on employers and employees

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