Ask Professor Rob Briner, HR’s Most Influential Thinker 2016

November 9, 2016
Ask Professor Rob Briner, HR’s Most Influential Thinker 2016

If you could ask the HR industry’s most influential thinker any question, what would it be?

We have been thinking a lot about evidence-based HR recently, and we think that it is something worth talking about. What is it? What does it mean? How can we use it to improve our practices?

We are delighted to announce that Professor Rob Briner, winner of HR Magazine’s Most Influential Thinker list 2016, has very kindly agreed to answer some of our readers’ most pressing questions about evidence-based HR. If you’re not sure what evidence-based HR is, take a look at some of Rob’s recent work below. We will be accepting questions for at least a week, so you have plenty of time to watch, read and listen.

You can submit your question by:

– Sending us an email to
– DM’ing us on Twitter @PeopleHRMS
– Leaving us a message on our Facebook page
– Dropping us a comment at the bottom of this blog post

If you are emailing or contacting us via social media, make sure to tell us that your question is for Rob Briner. Please also note that we may not be able to get all of your questions answered. We will be publishing a selection of your questions, along with Rob’s answers, on our blog in the coming weeks.

About Professor Rob Briner

Rob is Professor of Organizational Psychology at Queen Mary, University of London. He is also Scientific Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Management. His research has focused on several topics including well-being, emotions, stress, ethnicity, the osychological contract, absence from work, motivation, work-nonwork and everyday work behaviour.

Beyond academic research, Rob is passionate about helping practitioners and organizations make better use of evidence, including research evidence, in decision-making as well as encouraging academics to make research more accessible.

You can follow Rob Briner on Twitter @Rob_Briner.

Recent Publications by Professor Rob Briner

Here are some fantastic talks, articles and interviews by Rob, that give us some excellent insight into the world of evidence-based HR.


Employee Engagement Summit, London, 2016: Facing up to some awkward truths about employee engagement (20 minutes)

British Psychological Society Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference, Glasgow, 2016: Why isn’t organizational psychology more evidence based? (50 minutes)


The Role of Scientific Findings in Evidence-Based HR (CEBMa, by Rob B Briner and Eric Badends)

What’s the Evidence for Evidence-Based HR? (HR Magazine)

Five Things HR Should Start Doing (HR Magazine)


HR Magazine, 2014 (2 minutes)

Corporate Research Forum, 2015 (2 minutes)

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