• 26 Oct 2016

    Who can we trust?

    November will see thousands of HR and L&D practitioners gathering at our Annual Conference and Exhibition . It’s always a great source of pride to see so many people committed to their continuing professional development, and it provides an ...
    • 6 Oct 2016

    Time for a reward rethink

    Pay and reward are increasingly in the public and political spotlight, which is hardly surprising given the growing issues of income inequality and concerns about executive pay. As with many practices at work, trends evolve and, from time to time, ne...
    • 24 Aug 2016

    If hiring EU workers is set to get harder, then the case for investing in your existing workforce couldn’t be stronger

    As HR and L&D professionals, we all know that investing in people – developing their skills and looking after their well-being – is not only the right thing to do as a responsible employer, but is also key to building resilient and productive organisations. But in times of uncertainty, employers often see such investments as controllable or variable short term costs that they can offset against the perceived...
    • 3 Aug 2016

    One week on - the known unknowns?

    A week on, and we are deep into an increasingly surreal post-Brexit turmoil which no one could have predicted. This is without doubt a time for strong leadership, not only for reassurance, but for a sense of vision and direction. But we have a vacuu...
    • 3 Aug 2016

    Be the change you want to see

    We’ve all had a lot to talk about over the last month. If we thought the European football championship was unpredictable with the success of small nations against big nations, then the vote for Brexit (a word now officially in the Oxford English Dictionary) has surprised not only people in the UK, but people everywhere. It's a huge decision and whilst the real consequences of the vote are very unclear and...
    • 29 Jun 2016

    Are corporate scandals finally putting corporate culture at the heart of the business agenda?

    As if we needed further reminders of the importance of positive working cultures, the continuing corporate scandals and most recently the dubious working practices recently exposed at UK retailer Sports Direct have again brought the debate about corp...
    • 25 May 2016

    Flexible working is here to stay: it’s time to start designing jobs and workplaces that truly embrace it

    Flexible working is a fundamental part of the modern workplace. Whether it’s part time working, working remotely, job sharing, or working ‘irregular’ hours, it gives many people the opportunity to fit work around their other commitm...
    • 28 Apr 2016

    Robots don't kill jobs, people do

    Technology and the digital world’s influence on work, and almost all aspects of our lives, is growing all the time. It’s disrupting businesses and sectors, facilitating the emergence of new kinds of business models , enabling new ways of w...
    • 29 Mar 2016

    Best way to predict the future is to help shape it

    Public policy and regulation have a big impact on labour markets and employment, on businesses, and what we have to pay attention to. But by their nature, they are a somewhat blunt instrument of change and can have unintended consequences due to the ...
    • 25 Feb 2016

    It’s time to work smarter

    Peter Cheese, Chief Executive, CIPD: Recent weeks have again shown that we can take little for granted in the economy and, for the public sector, budget cuts remain the order of the day. It’s not surprising that cost-cutting is topping the agen...
    • 29 Jan 2016

    The pursuit of happiness

    A deep understanding of the business and wider economic context we operate in is crucial to a successful career in HR or L&D, and our ability to add value to the organisations we work in. But businesses need to become much more people savvy too. ...
    • 12 Jan 2016

    HR’s image challenge

    A new year is an opportunity to look back as well as look forward. In a way, People Management’s poll of more than 1,100 UK employees regarding their perceptions of their HR departments offers a bit of both. Many of the findings of the survey are broadly positive. HR is becoming a more trusted and established function in the eyes of employees at all levels, and is showing more willingness to innovate and rethink...
    • 4 Dec 2015

    A year of change and continued progress for the HR profession

    This year has been a remarkable one – politically, culturally and economically. There was the unexpected result of the UK elections in May and the continuing debate on the future of the EU, as well as growing geopolitical challenges. At one lev...
    • 28 Oct 2015

    Putting principle before profit

    The Volkswagen scandal may be one of the most systemic and damaging examples yet of a business focusing on financial return whilst compromising or deceiving all its other stakeholders. Once more it is bringing business ethics and behaviours to the fo...
    • 30 Sep 2015

    The power of employee voice

    Today’s workforce is more diverse than ever before – generationally, aspirationally, educationally and culturally, as well as in terms of the more obvious and visible aspects of diversity we still wrestle with. We are also working in increasingly diverse ways, with work itself changing beyond recognition. Understanding, respecting and valuing these different dimensions of diversity is vital, not only to...
    • 26 Aug 2015

    Putting the human into HR

    We’re seeing significant shifts in thinking about some long-held policies and practices in HR. First we were hearing about firms like Netflix abandoning policies on things such as holiday allowances, and now a number of major organisations are apparently ditching their performance management processes. When big companies such as Accenture and Deloitte start to scrap long-enshrined practices like the annual performance...
    • 28 Mar 2014

    Voice and value: power, influence and institutions

    At today's annual Voice and Value Conference, which we are delighted to be hosting again jointly with the London School of Economics, we’ll hear a wide range of perspectives from both employer representatives as well as employee representatives. Amongst other speakers, Kay Carberry from the TUC will offer a union perspective on employee voice and influence, and I’ll speak for employers and put forward...
    • 31 Oct 2013

    Developing leaders at all levels

    At a recent launch of the CIPD and Tomorrow's Company initiative - Tomorrow's Leaders - once again we debated the challenges behind the development of effective leaders at all levels in the modern workplace. Too often we are critical of the leaders themselves, but are organisations providing the right kind of support and development opportunities for leaders, when the challenge of people management and leadership...
    • 18 Jul 2013

    Championing better work and working lives - a progress report from the CIPD

    These are exciting times at the CIPD and for our profession. I’ve been here a year now. We have a renewed sense of purpose and a clear strategic agenda for change – working with real energy to increase our impact and voice and the support we offer to you as members. We’re building on strong foundations – we celebrated our centenary in June, and we’ve achieved a lot as a profession in those...
    • 25 Jun 2013

    Agile working requires culture change

    To see the chairmen and chief executives of 22 of the UK’s biggest companies making such a strong case for more flexible working yesterday is great news, and perhaps unsurprising to us at the CIPD, given our long track record of championing the well established business case for embracing better ways of working that fit with modern lives. The chief executives and chairmen, under the banner of the Agile Future Forum...
    • 18 Jun 2013

    The way the world works

    This week, the leaders of the G8 countries – the UK, the USA, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Russia and Japan – are meeting in Northern Ireland for their annual summit. As host nation, the UK has set the priorities for the discussion: the assembled leaders will focus on Tax, Trade and Transparency. These are, of course, important issues that are worthy of consideration at the highest level. But we think there’s...
    • 1 Feb 2013

    Communicating and engaging on our strategic direction

    I hope most of you will have seen the New Year update email I sent round on the changes we're working on at the CIPD, and the new strategic direction we're charting. Communication is always vital, particularly in times of change. But, as George Bernard Shaw commented, 'the single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place'. I see communicating a clear vision and direction...
    • 24 Jan 2013

    New directions for CIPD, new opportunities for the profession

    Hello, and best wishes for the New Year. As the CIPD marches towards its centenary in June, we’re in a celebratory mood, looking back with pride, and a dash of nostalgia, but also firmly focused on the future. I’ve been in post here at the CIPD for six months. It’s been fascinating getting to know the organisation, and meeting and hearing views from a wide range of people, from HR Directors, members...
    • 9 Jan 2013

    What’s going to happen in 2013?

    One thing's for certain and that is that nothing's for certain. Whether it's the economy, the next big thing in technology, the next corporate or media scandal, or even the weather. The economic outlook for 2013 is for most commentators pretty dismal. Growth in the UK is predicted to be flat (OBR and the OECD anticipating around 1% growth), and there is not much optimism about growth elsewhere (the OECD...
    • 6 Dec 2012

    Loud and clear : Employers to take the lead

    The last few weeks have seen some welcome and much needed progress in the skills world. The Richard Review on apprenticeships was a timely follow up to news from the Skills Minister, Matthew Hancock, that a further £150m pot of funding has been made available to enable employers to create the training schemes they need to grow their companies and develop the skills of their workforces. The message from both of these...