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Unconscious bias training is not the go-to solution
It’s easy to accept in principle that there’s no magic bullet, harder to stop holding out hope for one. If the last few decades of psychology have taught us anything, it is that we are not the rational, deliberative decision makers that w...
24 Jul 2020
Can we achieve ‘good work’ for everyone, or are some jobs inherently better than others?
One thing the COVID-19 lockdown has brought into relief is the different quality jobs that exist across occupations. Perhaps most obviously, we have the key workers, with their newfound appreciation as a backbone of society, but many of whom have rel...
3 Jul 2020
Good quality and stable jobs are a lifeblood of a healthy economy
Jonny Gifford, Senior Advisor for Organisational Behaviour, CIPD This weekend saw a potentially major shift in the UK government’s priorities, with the prime minister placing a new urgency...
9 Jun 2020
Do sponsor-protégé relationships really promote diversity?
I’m intrigued, slightly surprised, that ‘sponsoring’ is seen as a progressive solution for workforce diversity. In her generally excellent book on gender equality interventions, Iris Bohnet advocates not just mentoring but more...
20 Sep 2019
How do you solve a problem like appraisals?
Performance appraisal has been a common point of discussion over recent years, in particular with descriptions of how to dump, ditch, axe or abolish it. Often the arguments and case studies cited don’t live up to the sensationalist headlines, i...
8 Dec 2017
Are we post-truth? Protecting HR from 'alternative facts'
Kellyanne Conway’s gaffe on Sunday that patently incorrect statements by Donald Trump’s press secretary were ‘alternative facts’ has received a level of derision rare by any standards. The mickey-takes have rolled in from far ...
24 Jan 2017
Boaty says: ‘Ask me something I want to influence’
The story of Boaty McBoatface has caught the attention of many since it blew up a rather lovely storm in spring. It clearly tells us something about ‘voice’ but the discussion I’ve seen has, in my opinion, missed the most imp...
6 Jun 2016
The end of the dance: lessons on resignation
The most interesting resignations can be borne of the more mundane problems. Corruption and sexual scandal have a shock value, but the resignations themselves are pretty straightforward affairs: did you / didn’t you, or did you know / didn&rsqu...
21 Mar 2016
Living life on the edge in the NHS
‘I want to stay as close on the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center … Big, undreamed-of things – the people on the edge see them first.’ Kurt Vonnegu...
22 Jan 2016
People and place at work: clambering over professional boundaries
In the final session at the highly worthwhile Workplace Trends conference yesterday, I sat in a group of five and we scratched our collective head on the question given us: How can we have inclusive conversations to shape workplaces for the better? ...
16 Oct 2014
Woolly thinking or an inexact science? Unpicking employee engagement
On Monday, the Engage for Success movement held a conference on ‘the future of employee engagement’, #E4Sfutures on Twitter. The core of the day was presentations from renowned academics and business leaders who contributed to a recent co...
9 Jul 2014
It’s all about relationships and empowerment. No, really, it is!
Last week saw the launch of
, a challenging piece of research led by Tomorrow’s Company in partnership with CIPD, CIMA, Linkaters and KPMG. The report argues that relationships lie at the heart of business, yet we ...
3 Jul 2014
Beyond the Workplace: CIPD & BIFM roundtable
Last week, we had a first for the British Institute of Facilities Management and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development: a roundtable discussion with a group of leaders and experts from the worlds of facilities management, human resourc...
9 Jun 2014
Formulas, guidelines, hiring decisions
I’m struck by an article by Julian Baggini in this month’s Prospect. I'm a fan of Baggini. Here, he argues that recipes constrain us and stop us exercising judgment, which over time makes us less wise, less able to discern. That&rsquo...
10 Feb 2014
Do something! Anything! (Preferably evidence-based, though...)
A news item that caught my eye the other day was a UK
by Doctors.net.uk, which found one in three GPs support the idea of charging for accident and emergency services to deter the 'entitlement culture' that has led to it being 'fre...
8 Jan 2014
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