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Fairer workplaces for a fairer Scotland

By  One day ago

By Marek Zemanik, Senior Public Policy Adviser. In just under 10 weeks, on 6th May 2021, people in Scotland will head to the polls to elect 129 new MSPs. It is fair to say, this election will be like no other election before it. We still f...

#FlexFrom1st

By  One day ago

By guest blogger and CIPD Member Gemma Dale.I was delighted to see the new campaign from the CIPD, calling on organisations and the government to make the right to request flexibly working from the first day of employment. The law relating to flexibl...

Schrodinger’s HR Function - How can HR both exist and not exist at the same time?

By  5 days ago

By David D'Souza, Membership Director at the CIPDApproximately once a year, media attention will alight on an organisation that has no HR function because ‘they don’t believe in that type of thing’ or the CEO has had a bad ...

Gender pay gap reporting is integral to our ability to level up and build back better

By  6 days ago

Charles Cotton, senior policy adviser, performance and reward. Gender pay gap reporting is an important tool for ensuring that the way we manage, develop and reward people is fair. Employers can boost the impact of...

What does it mean to coach as a line manager?

By  23 Feb, 2021 18:12

By Margaret Walsh FCIPD, managing director at Margaret Walsh Consulting So much is expected of line managers, particularly in these turbulent pandemic times as businesses have to adapt quickly and with great agility to ever changing economic and soci...

Growing our community and working together

By  16 Feb, 2021 13:11

Alexandra Carr, Community Lead, CIPD Growing and enabling our communities is part of our organisational strategy at CIPD and is essential to meet our objectives in championing better work and working lives. Bringing together our internal teams ...

Contributing to the new Skills Strategy

By  1 Feb, 2021 16:02

By Marek Zemanik, Senior Public Policy Adviser. With CIPD members driving workplace skills development across many businesses, skills policy is one of our key areas of interest. The Northern Ireland Executive, and the Department of the Eco...

The 2021/22 Scottish Budget and the people profession

By  1 Feb, 2021 15:54

By Marek Zemanik, Senior Public Policy Adviser. The last Scottish Budget before Scotland goes to the polls in May has been unveiled on Thursday, 28th January 2021. CIPD Scotland sent our views to Kate Forbes MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Fina...

Learn, connect and be inspired…with no awful commute!

By  29 Jan, 2021 14:40

Year after year, CIPD’s annual student conference has grown increasingly popular with the student members and those considering or at the beginning of their career in the people profession. This year the conference, in March, will be held onlin...

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

By  15 Jan, 2021 00:00

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,...