Paid Study Participants needed: Research
Project on Remote Work in the Public Sector
STUDY PARTICIPANTS NEEDED:
Project on Remote Work in the Public Sector
Spicer of York University’s School
of Public Policy and Administration is currently undertaking research
exploring the wellbeing and productivity of public servants working in remote,
office and hybrid work environments.
Dr. Spicer and his research team are
seeking participants who are public servants that are working in any order of
government in Canada (federal, provincial, local or Indigenous band government)
to take part in a study that will examine the impact of remote and hybrid work
on wellness and productivity. Study participants will be compensated for
taking part in the study over a 90-day period. Throughout this period,
participants will complete two short surveys and log daily activity through the
UpBeing app, which is a health and
wellbeing companion application designed to help individuals improve their
wellbeing by providing insight and interventions to better control stress and
anxiety and manage their motivation and productivity at work.
Participants Will Receive:
compensation ($50 per month) for participation with the UpBeing app
compensation for participation in the short surveys
access to the UpBeing app (estimated value $10/month)
This project is designed to inform
determinations about future workplace policies in the public sector. By
participating, you may be able to help shape that process and support decisions
about which environments public servants are most productive and healthy.
What is UpBeing?
UpBeing automates how you measure,
understand and improve your habits. UpBeing empowers users to gain insights
about their wellbeing, habits and behaviour. The research team has opted to
partner with UpBeing to provide better insights into how remote or hybrid work
affects the wellness and productivity of public servants.
What does the UpBeing app do?
UpBeing allows users to gain actionable
insight into their wellbeing. Users authenticate their data (e-calendar,
wearables, Spotify and more) and UpBeing uses these data sources to analyze
their behaviours. Users also “check-in” with the UpBeing app in as little as 15
seconds, up to three times a day. These check-ins allow users to report on
their feelings and prime themselves at different times throughout the day (check-ins
are named accordingly, for example, “Rise & Shine” and “Wind Down”). The
UpBeing app then finds correlations between a user’s behaviours and feelings,
providing unprecedented insight into what drives a user’s wellbeing and how
they can make changes to optimize their wellbeing. You can learn more by vising
the UpBeing website.
What data are being collected?
The UpBeing app collects information about
you, including behavioural data you authenticate (e-calendar, Spotify,
wearables, etc.) and self-reported measures of feeling you report on through
check-ins. UpBeing also collects other data as you use the platform like
browser information and your UpBeing usage statistics. Through use of the UpBeing app, the research
team will be able to gain valuable insights about the impact of remote and
hybrid work on public servants. This data will be kept secure by the research
Is the study anonymous?
Throughout the study, the research team
will know your identity so that we can associate and analyze data correctly
throughout the study process. However, your name or any identifiable
information will never be used in any public facing communication or in any
research products. Only anonymized and aggregate data will be included in
research findings. Your employer will never have any access to any identifiable
What will I gain from participation?
The work environment for public servants is
changing rapidly. Governments of all shapes and sizes from across the country
are considering various work plans for the future, including hybrid, remote or
having staff fully in the office. This project aims to provide insight into
this process. By participating, you can help shape the decisions that
governments take around the future of work in the public service. Additionally,
you will be compensated for participation throughout the study period.
What will the time commitment look like?
You will be asked to install and
participate regularly with the UpBeing app. This could take anywhere between
two to five minutes a day. The benefit of the UpBeing app is that it uses
behavioural science and AI to provide you with insights about your productivity
and wellbeing, meaning that the time commitment necessary to participate in the
study is minimal. You will also be asked to participate in two short surveys
delivered through the UpBeing app.
I’m interested. What’s next?
If you are interested in participating,
please complete this short questionnaire.
We will be building a sample of 50 participants in the coming weeks. If you are
selected for participation in the study we will contact you at the email. More
information can be found here.