• 24 Jan 2017

    Does being professionally qualified have a role in 21st century HR?

    The CIPD’s a professional body, so I hope you won’t be surprised to know that we spend considerable time and effort asking ourselves what professionalism is , and how it shows its face in 21st century businesses and organisations. We often hold our meetings with the CIPD’s council at the Royal College of Physicians. The experience of being in that wonderful building, decorated with antique portraits...
    • 4 Nov 2016

    Getting practical on equal pay

    If you’re the statistically average woman (you know, 2.4 kids, size 14-16, wearing the wrong bra size... Oh, and also, working full-time whilst bearing the bulk of domestic responsibility) from today until New Year’s Eve you’re working for no pay. That’s the argument behind #equalpayday , 10 November, the day when the average full-time working woman stops earning for the year compared to the average...
    • 20 Sep 2016

    2020 vision for equal pay

    Last month (that is in August 2016) the Institute for Fiscal Studies published a briefing note on the Gender Wage Gap . I’d urge anyone to read the report. Some of its findings are encouraging, at least to an optimist (the gap between hourly wages for men and for women is shrinking, albeit very slowly); some are deeply depressing (the gender wage gap widens gradually but significantly from the late 20s and early...
    • 12 Jul 2016

    Ready, fire, aim; more haste less speed

    I’ve always been confused by the idea of “more haste, less speed,” never really having understood the difference between haste and speed. More resonant to me has always been the expression “ready, fire, aim.” In a previous job it was the stock phrase used by a boss when he felt a project hadn’t been adequately planned, when analysis was weak or objectives had been poorly defined. “That...
    • 24 Jun 2016

    Brexit: practical questions, philosophical answers

    Today’s news came as a surprise. I drifted off to sleep yesterday around midnight with the radio reassuring me that tomorrow would be much like yesterday. I woke this morning to different news. We’d voted to leave the European Union. As a profession we’re likely to be divided on whether that’s good news or bad. But I suspect that a unifying factor may be the creeping realisation that our busy...
    • 9 Jun 2016

    What can Sports Direct teach us about fairness and corporate culture?

    'As an individual, would you tolerate that? Is that fair?' Challenges to some dubious employment practices such as docking pay by 15 minutes for 1 minute’s lateness. This question, and implied demand for fairness, didn’t come from a leading human rights campaigner, church leader or management guru. It comes from Mike Ashley, Executive Deputy Chairman of Sports Direct (and its major shareholder). Ashley...