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Support for alcohol and drug misuse needs to be part of a wellbeing offering
Over a quarter (27%) of people say their alcohol consumption has increased as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions. This is according to our hot-off-the-press CIPD survey looking at how working lives have changed during the pand...
25 Aug 2020
What's happening with Diversity and Inclusion during the COVID-19 pandemic?
In a recent CIPD survey of 1,178 employers, conducted between 17-23 April, around two fifths of employers told us they thought that their prior investment in diversity and inclusion will help them respond effectively in a cri...
27 May 2020
Championing LGBT+ inclusion at the CIPD
By Jill Miller, Senior Policy Adviser for Diversity & Inclusion at the CIPD. ‘Everyone in the organisation has a role to play in creating an inclusive workplace’ is a key message we’re discussing at the CIPD as part of LGBT...
4 Mar 2020
Positive progress masks ongoing challenges for women in reaching the top of UK businesses
Today the penultimate Hampton-Alexander review update was published. So, what progress has been made towards achieving gender balance at the top of UK business in 2019? Overall, it’s positive news as momentum continues towards achievement of th...
13 Nov 2019
Closing the gender pay gap requires a focus on female progression
Now the gender pay gap figures are laid bare, attention switches to the action needed to address the gap. An underrepresentation of women at the top of organisations is a heavily cited explanation for the difference in the average hourly earnings bet...
9 Apr 2018
The employer action needed to address the significant lack of racial equality in career progression
New CIPD research aims to help employers address the stark racial inequalities in career progression evident in UK organisations. The report,
Addressing the barriers to BAME employee career progression to the top
, examines black, Asian and minority e...
8 Jan 2018
Workplaces must be more trans inclusive
The UK has made considerable advancements on sexuality inclusion at work over recent years, but we’re a lot further behind with trans awareness and inclusion. The next two weeks are UK Transgender Awareness Weeks, and, although this should defi...
6 Nov 2017
Tackling gender, ethnicity and disability pay gaps
Today the Equality and Human Rights Commission published a new strategy for tackling gender, ethnicity and disability pay gaps. Their recommendations on the changes needed to address pay gaps in Britain are timely for many businesses who are preparin...
15 Aug 2017
It’s late – why are you still here?
Is that a question asked in your organisation when someone is consistently working late? Or is being seen to work late a sign of commitment? Alternatively, is working late recognised as not ideal, but nothing gets done about it as it’s ‘u...
20 Jun 2017
Do you know how many carers you employ?
It’s unlikely that any organisation in the UK will know exactly how many carers it has in its workforce. Some people don’t see themselves as carers despite having caring responsibilities, some people won’t want their employer to kno...
12 Jun 2017
We need to be focusing on retention as much as recruitment to meet older workers target
This week, Andy Briggs, the Government’s Business Champion for Older Workers, called on UK employers to commit to his previously announced target of one million more older workers into the labour market by 2022. Briggs has called on UK business...
25 May 2017
Levelling the playing field requires bold action
Taking bold action to speed up gender equality is the theme for
International Women’s Day
2017. This is yet another wake-up call to employers about the lack of gender balance that still exists in UK workplaces. We all know it’s a problem,...
7 Mar 2017
It’s national sickie day
If you’re thinking of calling in sick today, some statistics suggest you may not be alone. In 2011, 1 February was earmarked as national sickie day by business support company ELAS who saw an upsurge in people calling in sick on that day. Since...
6 Feb 2017
Tackling the top 3 causes of stress at work
Today we launch our 2016 CIPD/Simplyhealth
survey findings which coincide with
National Stress Awareness Day
. Our survey found that stress is now the most common cause of long-term absence and the second most common cause of short-...
2 Nov 2016
Working 9 to 5… 6, 7, 8… is not the way to make a living
An article a few days ago on potential strike action was focused around whether work-life balance promises were being compromised. The article made me stop and think about how much the term ‘work-life balance’ has grown in complexity over...
17 Aug 2016
Free pizza just won’t cut it
I love pizza, and who doesn’t like free stuff? Providing a free dinner can be a default option to try to compensate for a culture of long working hours. For me that just won’t cut it - I opted to work for an organisation that cares about ...
3 Mar 2016
Are THAT many people really skiving off?
Non-genuine absence is under the spotlight again this year as organisations are under increasing pressure to cut costs and increase productivity. After seeing this year’s Absence Management survey results I’ve got a strong suspicion that ...
20 Oct 2015
Rolling with the punches
What’s your default reaction when change is announced? Are we so used to it now that we go with it more easily than we may have done 5 years ago, or is there a natural period of entrenchment and regrouping while we work out what it means for us...
19 Aug 2015
The chocolate approach to well-being
Were the chocolate manufacturers the original best companies to work for? I’m not talking about the fact I could repeatedly eat my bodyweight in their product – but their pioneering support for staff health and welfare. The first name t...
6 Jul 2015
Can every meeting be a walk in the park?
We need to come together to plan a project or take decisions – we send a calendar invite and book a meeting room. It’s our robotic default for decision making, and our calendars look like a meeting treadmill. Often we’re going from ...
3 Jun 2015
CIPD is opening up the conversation on mental health
The figures around mental health still astonish me. It’s estimated that 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem at some point in our lives. If we’re not struggling ourselves, it’s likely that a colleague or a friend wil...
12 May 2015
Let’s Stand Out for Autism
Today is World Autism Awareness Day. The aim of today is not just to shine a light on autism and increase awareness, but crucially it’s about celebrating the skills and talents that people with autism have to offer. It’s also about shifti...
2 Apr 2015
How much importance do we attach to our happiness?
, championed by the United Nations’ General Assembly. It’s certainly an opportunity to pause for thought about what we value in life. When we think about our life goals, how strongly does happiness fea...
20 Mar 2015
Who has been the most positive influence on your career?
Throughout our lives there are a few key people who influence our career choices - debate the options, shorten the shortlists and help us decide the path that’s right for us. Of course, not everything always works out as planned, but those peop...
13 Mar 2015
Do we all need a best friend at work for our well-being?
Seeing yesterday’s ONS research on
Measuring National Well-being
reminded me how important our working relationships are to our well-being. Eight hours a day, five days a week is a long time with our colleagues – I know that’s more ...
13 Feb 2015
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