• 28 Oct 2013

    ACE 2013 - Zero tolerance for zero hours?

    By Richard Turner - Head of Employment, Brilliant Law I really didn’t want to wade into this debate. It’s just too political, too “hot potato”. There will be no winners, and I just don’t have a clear answer. Nevertheless if Brilliant Law claims to be out there in front of employment matters, are we duty bound to comment? Well ok, if I’m backed into a corner and poked with a sharp...
    • 22 Oct 2013

    ACE 2013 - WorkGuru, a Lean Start-Up: Building Innovation Into Your Business

    Stephany Carolan, CEO WorkGuru We have ordered the marketing pencils and the fridge magnets, worked out that a shell scheme requires more than a few laminated posters to decorate its walls, and fire-retarded the bunting. We are all set for the annual CIPD conference and exhibition. I am the founder of WorkGuru , an organisation that provides on-line, evidence based, supported self-help aimed at helping people to...
    • 3 May 2013

    HRD 2013 - Highlights from the bloggers

    What a show! Were you there during that sunny couple of days at London Olympia? Maybe you followed the twitter stream #cipdhrd13 or maybe you exhibited or joined us at the conference sessions. Whatever your interest, the HRD Conference and Exhibition on the 24-25 April has come and gone so we thought you might like to see a selection of great highlights from this year's event: We've collated a comprehensive...
    • 8 Jan 2013

    HRD 2013 - How sticky is your L&D?

    By Greg Styger, CIPD Conference Producer The Christmas break is over, and work has recommenced for a new year. Whilst the first few days of restarting something after time away are always challenging, I've been surprised at just how difficult it is to get back into the pattern of work. Emails aren't been answered perhaps quite as efficiently as they were before, and people are needing a bit more caffeine...
    • 9 Nov 2012

    ACE 2012 - Innovation and HR

    By Laurie, The Cynical Girl Blog . Today is the final day of the annual CIPD conference. It's been fun. I always learn something new at this event, and this year is no exception. On Tuesday, I was lucky enough to hear Gary Hamel speak about management and innovation. [You can find him here and here .] Professor Hamel talked about management as a technological innovation . Starting with the industrial revolution...
    • 8 Nov 2012

    ACE 2012 - The focus of HR isn't to be commercial: Day Three of #CIPD12

    By Neil Morrison, Group HR Director at Random House - Change-Effect Blog A time for some final conclusions from the CIPD conference, before I jump on the train and head back to the world of work, emails and slightly irate family members wondering why I've been living it up in Manchester. Living it up is probably too grandiose a term, but from the time of some of the text messages I received last night/this morning...
    • 8 Nov 2012

    ACE 2012 - Change Required for HR, Recruitment & People Leadership

    By Mike Morrison By the end of day 2 of the annual CIPD conference, there were some underlying trends that I have been increasingly aware of and felt that rather than blog about a particular session or speaker, that these themes should not get lost between the cracks. These trends or themes include Confidence, Respect, Trust and by implication, Professionalism. Confidence Several speakers have talked about...
    • 7 Nov 2012

    ACE 2012 - The Youth Unemployment Challenge: Day Two of #CIPD12

    By Neil Morrison, Group HR Director at Random House - Change-Effect Blog I've written about unemployment, skills and training on a number of occasions - because it is an issue that is close to my heart and because it is an issue that is close to the heart of our economy and future competitiveness. I was therefore, absolutely delighted to see it taking centre stage on day 2 of the CIPD Conference with a panel discussion...
    • 7 Nov 2012

    ACE 2012 - Making the Case for Learning and Development Investment

    By Sukh Pabial , Learning and development professional. This first session is being presented by Kadisha Lewis-Roberts from Mitchells and Butlers (restaurants and food pub owners) and Ann Rivera of Trident Housing Association. Kadisha helps to provide a way of starting to understand ghe business by doing a 'scan the internal environment'. This means: - keep your finger on the organisational pulse - meet...
    • 7 Nov 2012

    ACE 2012 - Does Employment Protection Encourage Innovation?

    By Flip Chart Rick, Flip Chart Fairy Tales The government keeps telling us that workplace rights are holding back economic growth, even though there is precious little evidence to support its claim and a lot of countries with more employment protection than the UK are outperforming us . But what if the opposite were true? Could it be that, rather than holding business back, employment protection actually improves...
    • 7 Nov 2012

    ACE 2012 - Unlocking the Potential of Our Future Workforce

    By Mervyn Dinnen, Content & Community Manager at JobsiteUK Day one at the CIPD Conference and I attended a really strong presentation from David Fairhurst of McDonalds. It seems that understanding the future workforce and unlocking their potential will be a key theme over the course of the three days with several sessions linked to it. It’s something that I’ve been particularly interested over the past...
    • 6 Nov 2012

    ACE 2012 - Innovation versus process: Day One of #CIPD12

    By Neil Morrison, Group HR Director at Random House - Change-Effect Blog Life is about contrast, the good and the bad, the brave and the faint hearted, the inspirational and the disappointing. The great thing about contrast is that it helps you to form an opinion, helps you to learn and, if you take the time to reflect and consider, it can help you to grow. The first day of the CIPD Annual Conference has been a...
    • 6 Nov 2012

    ACE 2012 - Learning from Values-led Leaders

    Simon Hayward, Cirrus. We hear so many people today talking about placing values at the heart of leadership and decision-making. It’s very easy to talk about. After all, who doesn’t want to be more open, more honest, to have more integrity, to be more trustworthy? What is really interesting is to look at the organisations who really live their values, and to see the very real impact this can have –...
    • 6 Nov 2012

    ACE 2012 - Trades Unions Can Be Allies Not Adversaries

    Darren Hockaday, Human Resources Director, LOROL (London Overground Rail Operations Ltd) Come along to Darren Hockaday’s HR leadership masterclass at ACE on Wednesday afternoon for a very special message from a trade union leader… When we took over London Overground in 2007, an official review had just described it as “shabby, unreliable, unsafe, and overcrowded". Today we’re the UK’s...
    • 6 Nov 2012

    ACE 2012 - #CIPD12 Links & Stuff From My Session

    By Flora Marriott, Learning and Development Manager at Best Western Hotels. This post is for anyone who was at the session I did today at the Social Media Hub in the CIPD Exhibition . I mentioned a whole number of blogs and other things, so if you are interested in looking at those websites, here are the links. Sinead Carville - she's a fab HR Manager based over the water in Ireland. She was meant to do this...
    • 2 Nov 2012

    ACE 2012 - The Carnival of HR blogging rolls into town

    The Carnival of HR has been a regular feature on the HR blogger circuit for over two years now. Bloggers offer to host the Carnival and it rolls into town every couple of weeks or so. Occasionally the Carnival comes to the UK, past hosts have included Neil Morrison, Mervyn Dinnen and Gareth Jones (with apologies to anyone I've missed off). Last year I asked to take a hosting slot and November 7th was allocated to...
    • 26 Oct 2012

    ACE 2012 - A Digital Preview

    By Tom Paisley, Digital Communications - CIPD. It's that time of year again. We fight every desire to wake up in the AM dimness and make the commute to work, the warm(ish) glow of daylight dwindles by the mid afternoon, and we go home in a cloud of darkness. But what's that the sparkle in the distance HR folk? That glimmer of fascination and rumble of intrigue just up the road, around the corner and up the...
    • 30 Aug 2012

    Performance Management Conference - Performance, Price and the Premier League

    As August closes, that special time for so many of us begins - the start of the new football season. Having had to manage a whole six weeks without, once again weekends and Monday nights have purpose, and lunch breaks are occupied with the big questions; just who should start in my fantasy team? What always strikes me about the league is the imbalance within it. It's not groundbreaking to say that some teams have...
    • 14 Aug 2012

    ACE 2012 - Building #OurGreatestCompany

    The Olympics. Heard of them? They were that thing that's been on TV for the past two weeks, and transformed a nation from one of doubters and pessimists into one of flag-waving, enthusiastic supporters of the greatest show on earth. I will say straight away I was always a supporter of the Games; being the eternal optimist, and dedicated to the cause of sport anytime of the year, I truly believed that Britain would...
    • 22 Feb 2012

    HRD 2012 - Promoting Informal Learning through the ‘Bird Feeder’ Approach

    If you visit ‘CIPD Towers’ (as it often referred to) of a weekday afternoon, you will see pods of food dotted around the building. This is by no means a formal procedure, but each team tends to have a table that is piled with food that ranges from carrots and houmous (look how healthy we are, it’s the new year and we’re on diet) to chocolate cake, brownies, homemade sausage rolls and the old classics...