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  • “Hopes, worries and expectations” experiences of pregnancy with inflammatory bowel disease: An interpretative phenomenological analysis study

    Homer-Perry, Rebecca; Czuber-Dochan, Wladyslawa; Wade, Tiffany; Purewal, Satvinder; Chapman, Sarah; Brookes, Matthew; Selinger, Christian; Steed, Helen; University of Wolverhampton, Faculty of Education, Health, and Wellbeing, Psychology Department, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1LY, United Kingdom. (Elsevier, 2024-05-24)
    Background and Aims: Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) affects many women of childbearing age. High levels of voluntary childlessness and high levels of pregnancy-related fears have been reported amongst these patients in several quantitative studies. We investigated the lived experiences of pregnant patients to better understand decision-making processes around family planning. Methods: Nine participants between 7 and 34 weeks pregnant (6 Crohn's Disease/3 Ulcerative Colitis), with an age range of 22–39 were recruited prospectively from three United Kingdom hospitals. Semi-structured interviews were conducted, and audio recorded. Interpretative phenomenological analysis was used to interpret the data. Results: Two main themes emerged: 1) IBD is perceived as a threat to family planning; and 2) healthcare professional advice, support, and reassurance was important. IBD was viewed as a potential threat to fertility and reproductive health. Consequently, women's lived experience of pregnancy is shaped by anxiety and pregnancy-related worries for mother and baby. Mothers actively sought out expert medical assurances to alleviate some of the perceived fears. Conclusion: Previous research has repeatedly found that women with IBD exhibit high levels of pregnancy-related worries and anxieties. Our findings find that high levels of anxiety are due to patients’ perceptions that IBD is a threat to their reproductive health and their offspring. Women relied on a medicalized discourse to understand their IBD experiences during pregnancy and actively sought biomedical resources for assistance before and during pregnancy. Consultants should be aware that when dealing with pregnant patients, some women may experience anxiety and require extra support.
  • Beyond growth: promoting inclusive development of creative clusters in the UK

    Carey, Heather; Giles, Lesley; O'Connor, Kate; Sissons, Paul; Godwin, Eun Sun (Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (Creative PEC), 2024-07-24)
    Over the past two decades, there have been two defining narratives for the creative industries: on the one hand a story of economic success and growth, on the other, entrenched inequality and exclusion. Often there is strikingly little connectivity between them. This research has sought to explore how to position equality and inclusion more firmly at the centre of the creative cluster development agenda and the place-based approaches that might support more inclusive growth of creative clusters. It draws lessons from an in-depth study of the Yorkshire screen cluster, case studies of other UK cities and regions, and a review of international practice. It presents five key recommendations for policymakers and industry stakeholders: 1. Baseline equality and inclusion in regional creative clusters: develop stronger regional intelligence systems that can monitor the extent to which the opportunities created as clusters expand are benefitting people from diverse backgrounds and those living in social mobility ‘cold spots’. 2. Make inclusive growth the primary objective of the creative cluster development agenda: embed equality, diversity and inclusion into the core of the strategy for growth and promote greater connectivity between sector-focussed and place-based approaches to inclusive growth in the city-region. 3. Advance a multi-faceted, integrated set of active policy measures that tackle the structural issues at the root of exclusion and disadvantage. Diversify education pathways; connect those disadvantaged in the labour market with jobs in growth sectors; advance good work and inclusive working practices; promote inclusive entrepreneurship; and unlock the potential of cultural anchors. The research identifies nearly 50 examples of inspiring practice, from 15 different countries across the globe. 4. Maximise local partnerships and employer engagement: weave together a wide range of services, activities and expertise within the city-region to customise programmes to local needs and sustain action over the long-term. Strengthen the engagement and investment of private-sector employers, unite business communities with shared interests and promote peer-to-peer learning. 5.Build our collective understanding and evidence base of ‘what works’ in promoting more inclusive development of creative clusters: ring-fence funding for programme evaluation, promote consistency and comparability in impact measurement; and develop mechanisms that support knowledge exchange between creative clusters.
  • Stigma hurts: exploring employer and employee perceptions of tattoos and body piercings in Nigeria

    Adisa, Toyin; Adekoya, Olatunji David; Sani, Kareem Folohunso (Emerald, 2021-03-15)
    Purpose: This study draws on social stigma and prejudice to examine the perceptions and beliefs of managers and employees regarding visible tattoos and body piercings, as well as the impact they have on potential employment and human resource management in the global South, using Nigeria as the research context. Design/methodology/approach: The study uses a qualitative research approach, drawing on data from 43 semi-structured interviews with employees and managers in Nigeria. Findings: Contrary to the popular opinion that tattoos and body piercings are becoming more accepted and mainstream in society, this study finds that some Nigerian employers and employees may stigmatise and discriminate against people with visible tattoos and body piercings. The findings of this study suggest that beliefs about tattoos are predicated on ideologies as well as religious and sociocultural values, which then influence corporate values. Research limitations/implications: The extent to which the findings of this research can be generalised is constrained by the limited sample and scope of the research. Practical implications: Religious and sociocultural preconceptions about people with visible tattoos and body piercings have negative implications for the recruitment and employment of such people and could prevent organisations from hiring and keeping talented employees. This implies that talented employees might experience prejudice at job interviews, preventing them from gaining employment. Furthermore, stigmatising and discriminating against people with visible tattoos and body piercings may lead to the termination of employment of talented employees, which could negatively affect organisational productivity and growth. Originality/value: This study provides an insight into the employment relations regarding tattoos and body piercing in Nigeria. The study highlights the need for mild beliefs and positive perceptions about people with visible tattoos and unconventional body piercings. There should be a general tolerance of the individual preference for body art and physical appearance, and this tolerance should be incorporated in organisational policies, which are enactments of corporate culture.
  • Digital place making - strengthening social fabric connecting people, places and spaces

    Godwin, Eun Sun (The British Academy, 2024-05-23)
    Using ‘digital place making’ as the conceptual framework, I propose that digital space can strengthen social connections as a digital social infrastructure. With a conceptual discussion on space, place and people interacting within them as well as a review of existing evidence, I offer three policy insights on digital place making as below: First, digital place as a social infrastructure can act as a bridge between different physical spaces improving inclusivity and strengthening the social fabric tying together diverse groups within communities. For example, community apps such as NextDoor help to facilitate interactions in physical spaces. Policies on digital social infrastructure building should focus on its constructive role in creating bridges between physical spaces instead of substituting digital for physical space. Secondly, for digital infrastructure to be a social infrastructure to strengthen social cohesion, it should bridge people within the spaces. The increasing salience of digitalisation has created problems of exclusivity. Rural communities or older people, for example, may be less likely to find digital social infrastructure accessible. Policymakers should tackle the ‘digital divide’ that makes some community members less able to access digital tools and services to utilise digital social infrastructure to strengthen communities and places. Lastly, policymaking on digital social infrastructure needs to consider how to bridge different levels of resources for a shared goal and learning. National level of policy strategy can focus on combining evidence and good practice at local level with provision of appropriate resources such as guidance, toolkit and platforms for knowledge sharing.
  • Digital onboarding and employee outcomes: empirical evidence from the UK

    Sani, Kareem Folohunso; Adisa, Toyin; Adekoya, Olatunji David; Oruh, Emeka (Emerald, 2022-09-27)
    Purpose: Given the sharp rise in the adoption of digital onboarding in employment relations and human resource management practices, largely caused by the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, this study explores the impact of digital onboarding on employees' wellbeing, engagement level, performance, and overall outcomes. Design/methodology/approach: This study uses an interpretive qualitative research methodology, undertaking semi-structured interviews with 28 participants working in the UK services industry. Findings: The study finds that digital onboarding has a significant impact on employee outcomes, following the perceptions of “dwindling social connectedness and personal wellbeing”, “meaningful and meaningless work”, and “poor employee relations” among employees and their employers in the workplace. Practical implications: Due to the increased adoption of digital onboarding, human resources teams must focus on having considerable human interaction with new hires, even if this means adopting a hybrid approach to onboarding. Human resources teams must ensure that they work together with line managers to promote a welcoming culture for new hires and facilitate organisation-driven socialisation tactics and the “quality” information necessary for supporting new employees. For new employees, besides acquiring the digital skills that are essential in the workplace, they must accept the changing digital landscape in order to practice effective communication and align their goals and values with those of their organisation. Originality/value: Qualitative research on the influence of digital onboarding on employee outcomes is limited, with much of the research yet to substantially consider the impact of digitalisation on the human resources function of onboarding employees as full members of an organisation.

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