• 24 Nov 2016

    Measuring what works: workplace well-being

    By Michael Whitmore and Chris van Stolk, RAND Europe Poor health and well-being is costing the UK economy up to £57 billion a year in lost productivity. Productivity losses at work occur through a combination of absenteeism, employees not being...
    • 13 Oct 2016

    Cyber voice: how is voice changing, in today’s technology-driven world?

    Louisa Baczor, CIPD Research Associate Social media enables ideas and opinions to spread almost instantly, but people don’t necessarily adhere to normal social rules online. You only need to look at sites such as ‘Mumsnet’ to find t...
    • 19 Sep 2016

    Opinion: Take up the challenge and discover the benefits

    By Lee Mason, Chief Executive, County Sports Partnership Network, which runs Workplace Challenge . Employees should be encouraged to bring physical activity into and around the workplace and it’s about more than just keeping fit. How many o...
    • 2 Sep 2016

    Wellbeing in the workplace

    By Paul Litchfield, What Works Centre for Wellbeing, BT Group plc Wellbeing at work is about much more than fruit on desks and subsidised gym memberships. Too often we say “wellbeing” but we hear “health” or “fitnes...
    • 26 Aug 2016

    Financial well-being needs to become part of well-being at work strategy

    Monica Kalia, Co-Founder of Neyber The well-being at work agenda has gathered momentum among employers and policy-makers since Dame Carol Black published her pioneering report, Working for a Healthier Tomorrow, in 2008. Calling for a ‘new appro...
    • 24 Aug 2016

    Say what you want?

    Louisa Baczor, CIPD Research Associate We recently ran an event to explore voice and what it means for people as a broad concept, and one of the lively debates that has stuck in my mind, was whether having the right to freely express your views is al...
    • 29 Jun 2016

    Encountering the ‘other’ at work

    By David Jackson, Associate Director of HR Business Solutions, Manchester Metropolitan University. In the lead up to the EU Referendum in the UK last week, we heard people claiming that, despite the polls, we were heading for a landslide. Their logic...
    • 13 May 2016

    Reimagining the PLC: can business be a force for good as well as profit?

    Ruth Stuart, Lead Consultant – Strategic Projects, CIPD What is the purpose of work? Work can, and should, be good. For everyone. Including the individuals, the organisations and economies in which we work and the societies in which we...
    • 20 Apr 2016

    What is HR's role in building the body of knowledge?

    By Louisa Baczor, CIPD Research Associate As part of CIPD’s strategy to champion better work and working lives and lead the evolution of the HR profession, we’re thinking about what future knowledge and skills will be required of HR profe...
    • 3 Feb 2016

    Innovation: do HR and business leaders mean the same thing?

    By Laura Harrison, Director of People and Strategy We published the findings of our latest HR Outlook survey this week and for the first time both HR leaders (35%) and business leaders (32%) see innovation as a top priority. Great news, and, of...
    • 18 Jan 2016

    Banking on culture: can we assume that the financial services are changing?

    By Edward Houghton, Research Adviser - Human Capital and Metrics Buried deep in the news on New Year’s Eve was the revelation that the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) was cancelling its review into the culture of UK financial services . It&rsq...
    • 11 Dec 2015

    Building a ‘culture-coalition’

    Edward Houghton, Research Adviser - Human Capital and Metrics The news that Sports Direct has lost over £400m of stock market value due to concerns about the way the organisation treats the welfare of its workforce should come as a stark warnin...
    • 11 Dec 2015

    How do you define professionalism in HR?

    By Louisa Baczor, CIPD Research Associate The evolving world of work means HR’s role in organisations is changing, and coming under increasing scrutiny. One memorable headline in the last couple of years was the BBC’s executive pay-out sc...
    • 11 Nov 2015

    How long is the long-term?

    By Ed Houghton, Research Adviser As animals we just aren’t wired to think long-term. That might sound at first a grand statement, but consider research we’re completing which explores the principles HR professionals and their functional ...
    • 5 Nov 2015

    Fit for Work - supporting British businesses

    By David Frost CBE * In 2011, I co-chaired a report into sickness absence in the UK along with Dame Carol Black, entitled ‘Health at work – an independent review of sickness absence’. This review was necessary because in the UK in 2011, around 1 million people a year took sickness absence of four weeks or more – and of those, around 300,000 were falling out of work altogether. The purpose of...
    • 22 Oct 2015

    Ethics and professionalism are intimate bedfellows

    By Laura Harrison, Director of People and Strategy Who’s the conscience of your organisation? Where’s its moral compass? Does it have one? Does it need one? The VW scandal has resurrected stories of rotten apples, ...
    • 20 Oct 2015

    Is your business a force for good?

    Ruth Stuart, Lead Consultant – Strategic Projects, CIPD The recent VW scandal has brought into sharp focus the need for businesses to think beyond short-term profit gains – to consider the implications of their actions on wider society and the long-term consequences of seemingly small actions. In essence, it highlights the reciprocal nature of value creation – that thinking through the impact of your...
    • 30 Sep 2015

    Are business ethics HR’s business?

    By Ksenia Zheltoukhova, CIPD Research Adviser Last week’s challenge to several large car-makers once again highlighted the vulnerability of corporate success to unethical decisions. A misjudgement of value placed on profit-making vs the interests of employees, customers, and wider society has now wiped billions off a company’s shares as markets lose trust in the sustainability of its performance. This scandal...
    • 16 Sep 2015

    Don’t do away with CSR just yet

    By Ksenia Zheltoukhova, CIPD Research Adviser An article in The Sunday Times challenged the value of CSR policies, and the motives of management in showcasing both their own and their company’s virtues. While some of the actual initiatives may be nothing more than image management, I believe there are three reasons why it’s wrong to dismiss the idea of a corporate conscience just yet. Firstly, the argument...
    • 10 Jul 2015

    Let's not blow up HR!

    By Laura Harrison, Director of People and Strategy Those of you who’ve seen the cover title of this month’s Harvard Business Review “ It’s Time To Blow Up HR ” and/or have read the three pyrotechnical articles in this mont...
    • 6 Jul 2015

    Wearable tech - The end of the world of work, as we know it

    Stella Martorana, Research Associate This is the end of the world of work, as we know it – employers have started monitoring their workforce through digital devices capturing employees’ data. Wearable technologies promise to revolutionise workplace wellbeing, however they might affect also employability and performance management. In the future, some individuals could be more employable than others if they...
    • 31 Mar 2015

    What does an agile HR function look like?

    Write-up from HR Tech Europe conference, 24-25 March 2015 by Jessica Cooper, Research adviser – Resourcing. @JessicaCooperHR I was excited to have the opportunity to attend HR Tech Europe in person, it was my first time. Previously, I had followed on Twitter, thankful to those who were sharing their updates. The conference was timely for me, I was in the middle of designing some research to look at how HR’s...
    • 13 Mar 2015

    How to get over some of the HR analytics humps ...

    This week I attended a Round Table event organised by Annapurna Recruitment . They run a HR Transformation Network and this event was a sub-group of the larger network specifically focussing on HR Analytics. The event was chaired by Simon Haines from GarnerHaines Workforce Analytics . Participants at the round table were from organisations at varying stages of their analytics journey as well as from some of the larger...
    • 6 Mar 2015

    HR Operating model design: What is working well, what is working less well?

    By Jessica Cooper, Research adviser - Resourcing. @JessicaCooperHR Recently I held two Round Tables with participants from our HR4HR network and HR leaders network. The round tables were designed to complement the recent publication of the Changing HR Operating Models thought-pieces. The objective of the session was to discuss factors influencing: The current priorities for HR; Key drivers influencing HR...
    • 13 Feb 2015

    What does the HR operating model of the future look like?

    By Jessica Cooper, Research adviser - Resourcing. @JessicaCooperHR In September 2014 I joined the CIPD’s research team on a maternity cover. A couple of months earlier, Ram Charan’s thought-provoking article in the Harvard Business Review had been published suggesting that the function be split up. This brought discussions about the future of HR and the structure of the HR department in organisations to...