• 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...
    • 17 Dec 2014

    How hubristic are your leaders?

    By Ruth Stuart, Learning and Development Research Adviser – CIPD , Ruth on Twitter I recently attended a one-day conference, Leadership: Stress and hubris, hosted by The Royal Society of Medicine and the Daedalus Trust (a charity focused on raising awareness of hubris and Hubris Syndrome in public and business life). The conference provided a really interesting multi-disciplinary approach to hubris, with a mixed...
    • 31 Oct 2014

    Robotics and the effect on HR

    By Jessica Cooper, Research adviser - Resourcing. @JessicaCooperHR I have recently started at the CIPD as a research advisor focussing on researching the future of HR Operating Models. With technology at the heart of so many conversations about changing how we work and thus its impact on HR, I thought that it would be appropriate through my role at the CIPD to regularly share information I have come across on the topic...
    • 28 Jul 2014

    Giving employee surveys a radical re-think

    Hugh Tonks, CEO Thymometrics “Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.” – Albert Einstein Now and again, it’s good to take a step back and view things from a new angle; looking at problems in a different way can help to uncover fresh insights (it certainly helped Einstein). And if we wish to make progress, it is sometimes necessary to throw out well-established...
    • 2 Jul 2014

    Sustaining engagement: why health and wellbeing are vital

    By Emma Donaldson-Feilder @EmmaDF_Affinity and Rachel Lewis @rachelclewis11 Affinity Health at Work It is now well established that employee engagement is important for individual and organisational performance. However, as we emphasized in our webinar – slides available to download from the link below – if performance is to be sustained over time, it is important that employees are not only engaged, but...
    • 26 Jun 2014

    The challenge of getting enterprise social media right

    By David High, Miituu Ltd. Director and Engage For Success “Becoming a Socially Engaged Organisation” team member Do enterprises really want or need to be social? Communicating socially is a natural human characteristic. Every time any of us initiate a conversation we are being social. We make statements, share information, make observations and ask questions - very often not knowing if our communications...
    • 6 Jun 2014

    Demystifying Employee Engagement – Its Time to Tell it Like it Really Is!

    Doug Crawford, Cerus Consulting The concept of employee engagement has been the cause of much debate and discussion over the years – some of it well intentioned, balanced and informed, some sadly partial and ill informed. A collection of thought pieces The future of engagement recently published by Engage for Success with CIPD and IES are a welcome addition, helping raise the level of debate.' What is undeniable...
    • 28 May 2014

    Putting social media to work

    By Perry Timms, CIPD Social Media Engagement Adviser , @PerryTimms It's really good to see not only a piece of research into the macro issues and benefits of applying social media in the workplace but more so a range of case studies from different organisations that are putting social technologies to use. So when I read this latest report by Jonny Gifford for the CIPD, I had an immediate positive reaction. Because...
    • 21 May 2014

    Activating leadership potential – beyond the training

    By Ksenia Zheltoukhova, CIPD Research associate Despite a significant investment in training managers in UK organisations, many managers tell us that the moment they step out of the classroom ‘life happens’, making it hard for them to apply the skills they have learned. It is not a surprise that the majority of organisations are interested in the latest secrets of unlocking the leadership potential of the...
    • 20 May 2014

    SME leaders should match their style to the internal and external context of their organisations

    By Ksenia Zheltoukhova, CIPD Research Associate For a few years now, the CIPD has been researching people management practices in SMEs, noting that the success of these organisations relies heavily on their people – their skills, enthusiasm, willingness and the ability to live the organisational values. Last week, at our conference in London , we launched research on how SMEs can retain their founding culture...
    • 31 Mar 2014

    Do employees have a RIGHT to voice?

    Voice and Value 2014, Jonny Gifford, research adviser ‘Power, influence and institutions’ was the subtitle for our 14th annual Voice and Value conference, hosted by the CIPD and the LSE on Friday. How much voice do employees have and what are the impacts on areas such as quality of working life? What do today’s employees want to influence and how should employers, trade unions and government adapt...
    • 25 Mar 2014

    A new, old approach to switch leaders on to social

    By Belinda Gannaway @contentqueen , a collaboration consultant at digital transformation consultancy NixonMcInnes The majority of large organisations already use internal social networking sites, or are in the process of rolling out one. Businesses that move in the direction of a more social culture – where information is shared and conversations are open - can expect to see gains in efficiency, agility and innovation...
    • 28 Feb 2014

    CIPD social media research

    By Perry Timms, CIPD Social Media Engagement Adviser , @PerryTimms A quote from the CIPD's report Social Technology; Social Business? stood out for me: "Learning and development – the use of social media and mobile technology to support e-learning products has not taken off in a major way, with eight in ten employees (78%) stating that their organisations don’t use social media to deliver learning...