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What’s happened to L&D during the COVID-19 pandemic and what does it mean for the future? Share your views

By  5 days ago

By Lizzie Crowley, Senior Policy Adviser, Skills. Last year was a demanding one for people professionals, the organisations they work for and the colleagues they support. For learning professionals, the overnight shift to remote working du...

Stepping up support for working parents in this latest lockdown period

By  11 Jan, 2021 11:14

By Claire McCartney, Senior Policy Adviser, Resourcing & Inclusion at the CIPD. Following the Government’s announcement this week of a new lockdown period and the closure of primary and secondary schools, working parents are once again havi...

2021: Facing the future together

By  7 Jan, 2021 14:00

By Peter Cheese, CEOWishing you a very happy new year.I’m sure we’ve all welcomed the new year as a time to look ahead and put a very difficult year behind us. However, we can see that the next few months will continue to be bli...

Predictions for 2021

By  31 Dec, 2020 01:00

By David D'Souza, Membership DirectorIt’s true to say that 2020 was full of learning and the opportunity to reinvent for many, but it’s equally true to say that it was full of pain, loss and uncertainty. ...

Now is not the time to take our focus away from gender equality

By  22 Dec, 2020 13:44

Claire McCartney, Senior Policy Adviser, Resourcing and Inclusion, CIPDWe need to ensure that Diversity and Inclusion issues remain front and centre in our workforce decision-making and plans during and coming out of this pandemic.Organisations are p...

The impact of COVID-19 on employee wellbeing in Scotland

By  17 Dec, 2020 11:30

By Marek Zemanik, Senior Public Policy Adviser. As 2020 draws to a close, most of us will be looking back in disbelief and looking forward in hope. While the news of a vaccine rollout offers a genuine way out of the tunnel after months of restri...

Statutory pay - and bullying claims – go up

By  16 Dec, 2020 15:04

Jill Evans, Law Content Analyst, looks at employment law changes and case law in November and December. The unexpected keeps happening. The new Job Support Scheme was replaced at the 11th hour by a reintroduced Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme , and ...

Top tips for aspiring HR directors

By  14 Dec, 2020 10:50

HR leadership can be a lonely place. You are the confidant to the organisation and coach to the exec, but often no one plays that role for you. Focusing on your own development and building a supportive network are key. To help address these challeng...

New approach to labour market enforcement needed to raise people management standards and protect employment rights

By  11 Dec, 2020 14:35

By Ben Willmott, Head of Public Policy at the CIPD. A new approach to labour market enforcement is required which places as much emphasis on supporting firms to comply with employment regulation as it does on enforcement action and financial penaltie...

If people are our most important asset, why aren’t more businesses measuring and rewarding their CEO’s commitment to workforce development?

By  8 Dec, 2020 13:15

By Charles Cotton, Senior Policy Adviser – Performance and Reward. HR leaders know too well the struggle that can be involved in getting people matters elevated to the same level as financial ones during executive and board meeti...

We need to make sure employee health and wellbeing remains a business priority

By  8 Dec, 2020 10:55

Rachel Suff, Senior Policy Advisor at the CIPD outlines how you can help us explore the state of employee wellbeing in the UK after an unprecedented year.We need your help! Help us ensure employee health and wellbeing remains a bu...

Developing your skills during the pandemic

By  4 Dec, 2020 16:04

By Charlotte Campion, Projects Officer, Social Impact and InnovationKeeping your professional skills and knowledge up to date has always been an important means of performing at your peak as a People Professional. However, we know that individual lea...

Updated Disability Confident and CIPD guide for line managers on disability employment published

By  3 Dec, 2020 08:00

By Justin Tomlinson MP, Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and WorkToday is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the annual event to celebrate the contribution of disabled people across the world. I know that many of your or...

CIPD and the Mental Health at Work Commitment

By  1 Dec, 2020 15:54

Brad Taylor, Director of People, OD and Workplace at the CIPD, outlines how the CIPD has continued to meet the Mental Health at Work Commitment during an unprecedented year. Caring for people’s mental health is a big responsibility and on...

Exodus of EU workers highlights need to boost training so UK employees can fill skills gap

By  17 Nov, 2020 16:50

Gerwyn Davies, Senior Policy Adviser at the CIPD, outlines how the labour market is evolving as a result of the pandemic. The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) labour market statistics highlight a dramatic fall in the number of EU-born cit...

Leading through crisis: Avoiding top team burnout

By  17 Nov, 2020 10:54

The last nine months have been tough on everyone, with our experiences of the pandemic and lockdowns being highly personal. Those on the frontline, whether in healthcare or other essential roles, have been putting themselves at risk, day in, day out,...

We all need to unite against bullying

By  16 Nov, 2020 10:26

By Rachel Suff, Senior Policy Advisor at the CIPDHow organisations can prevent bullying and negative conflict occurring at work, and how to resolve it when it does.The theme of this year’s Anti-...

Uncertainty on top of uncertainty – delivering the next Scottish Budget

By  13 Nov, 2020 16:19

Marek Zemanik, Senior Policy Advisor for CIPD Scotland Marek Zemanik discusses how the next Scottish Budget will be very different compared to any other because of the impacts of COVID-19 The last budget before an election is usually a big deal. You ...

We need to talk about money

By  9 Nov, 2020 14:24

By Charles Cotton, Senior Reward Advisor at the CIPD. This week is Talk Money Week , an annual awareness-raising campaign, organised by the Money and Pension Services (MaPS), to get people talking about money.&n...

The time is now: Why Compass has committed to the Real Living Wage

By  9 Nov, 2020 09:00

By Donna Catley, Chief People Officer, Compass Group UK and Ireland The COVID-19 crisis has seen essential frontline workers move from being an invisible workforce to being identified as the nation’s “key workers”. A light has righ...

Managing stress at Fideres Partners

By  5 Nov, 2020 15:02

To mark Stress Awareness Week we asked Kate Bicknell, Head of People and Culture at Fideres Partners , how they have approached managing stress during the pandemic.We explore the initiatives they put in place, the advice they’ve given managers a...

National Stress Awareness Day

By  3 Nov, 2020 16:21

By Rob Vondy, Head of Stress Policy at The Health and Safety Executive As we recognise National Stress Awareness day, this anniversary is like no other given the impact of the global pandemic.Work-related Stress is a priority health t...

Pandemic pressures increase risk of stress

By  2 Nov, 2020 10:45

Stress Awareness Week marks an opportunity to take stock of the added pressures many are facing due to COVID-19, and what we can do to manage them. CIPD Policy Adviser, Rachel Suff explores this topic.The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the wh...

Job quality and Scotland’s ageing workforce

By  28 Oct, 2020 10:49

By Marek Zemanik, Senior Public Policy Adviser, Scotland. The global pandemic has affected the lives of us all. We are beginning to see some of the longer-term impacts materialising, even though there is no end in sight yet. A speeding up of digital ...

Employment law updates: Preserving jobs through JSS and tribunal rulings on fair treatment

By  16 Oct, 2020 15:19

By Jill Evans, Law Content Analyst, CIPD Rules and regulations can’t always keep pace with real life. The UK Government’s new Job Support Scheme , announced on 24 September, is already having to be extended to support businesses forced to ...