• 6 Apr 2017

    The art of hearing diverse voices

    By Louisa Baczor, CIPD Research Associate Our mission at the CIPD is to help ensure that work is a force for good that benefits everyone – businesses, individuals, economies and society. To achieve that, we believe the future of work needs to b...
    • 28 Mar 2017

    What does ‘voice’ mean for the millions of UK employees who live in poverty?

    By Louise Woodruff – Joseph Rowntree Foundation The face of poverty in the UK has changed – the majority of people who live in poverty now live in households where at least one person is working. 3.8 million workers lived in a household in poverty in 2014/15, up by around a million people since 2004/05. What is the relevance of discussions about the future of voice for employees working on low pay, in insecure...
    • 22 Mar 2017

    New tools to help you develop managers to support employee well-being and engagement

    By Rachel Lewis and Emma Donaldson-Feilder, Affinity Health at Work A new maturity model will help organisations support managers to develop the skills and behaviours needed to enhance well-being and engagement in their teams Despite all the evidence...
    • 17 Mar 2017

    Breaking the silence using conversational practice

    By Elmira Bakhshalian, Research and Development Manager (Assoc CIPD) at Martin Reddington Associates. Elmira discusses conversational practice as a democratic tool that accommodates alternative voices, and can redress employee silence. Are you g...
    • 28 Feb 2017

    Real change on racial equality requires less talk, more action

    By Jill Miller, Policy Adviser, Diversity and Inclusion In February 2016 Baroness McGregor-Smith was asked by Government to undertake a review of the issues faced by businesses in developing black and minority ethnic talent. Past research has reveale...
    • 23 Feb 2017

    Will 80 be the new 70 and 90 the new 80?

    By Jill Miller, CIPD Policy Adviser, Diversity and Inclusion We know people are living longer but new research published by Imperial College London and the World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts the extent of the change by 2030. For me their forwar...
    • 3 Feb 2017

    Cancer, mindfulness and me

    By Karen Ver, Digital Projects Manager, CIPD I was interested to find out about mindfulness. Some of us at work started an informal mindfulness drop-in session twice a week and I started going along to them. I really felt a connection with this form ...
    • 1 Feb 2017

    Pride without Prejudice

    By Jill Miller, Diversity and Inclusion Adviser February is LGBT history month . Although part of an ongoing programme to educate-out prejudice, it’s a useful formal marker to remind us that the history of progress is very recent. This year mark...
    • 30 Jan 2017

    What do we stand for, as HR professionals?

    Louisa Baczor, CIPD Research Associate In the wake of the CIPD’s latest report on how professionals perceive themselves, Louisa Baczor asks the question: what do we, as the HR and L&D profession, stand for? The role of professionals in a po...
    • 19 Jan 2017

    Financial wellbeing in the workplace – why we need to be doing more

    Guest blog by Paul Barrett, Head of Wellbeing, Bank Workers Charity In June last year, I was shocked to read that 31% of middle class people couldn’t find £500 if they were faced with an unexpected expenditure. This startling figure shat...
    • 16 Jan 2017

    Moral character: the path to trustful workplaces

    By Louisa Baczor, CIPD Research Associate In many ways, 2016 was a year filled with events that were detrimental to public trust. We experienced UK and US political campaigns based on falsehood and misinformation; cover-ups of historic sexual abuse i...
    • 10 Jan 2017

    Financial well-being support – a way to ease employee worry?

    By Catherine Rickard, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Employment Studies The New Year is often a time for taking stock of finances, assessing the damage from the festive spending binge and thinking about the future. Following Christmas, Citizen...
    • 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...