• Our new Profession Map

    Today we will be sharing our new Profession Map for the first time with thousands of people professionals at our Annual Conference and Exhibition. The Map sets out the international standard for practitioners to make their greatest impact and thrive in a changing world of work.

    This is an exciting moment – and the culmination of a huge amount of collaboration, thinking and hard work. The new Profession Map is the product…

    • 7 Nov 2018
  • 2018: our commitment to you, the profession and better work for all

    Happy New Year! And what another interesting, and probably unpredictable year 2018 is set to be. We are in times of significant change, and forces like Brexit, new disruptive technologies and changes to how, where and when we work will continue to shape the world of work and, in turn, our roles as people professionals.

    Good work for all

    At the CIPD we believe that the future of work is human. This is not a question…

    • 9 Jan 2018
  • Good work is… Why work can and should be a force for good, for all

    “Work can, and should, be a force for good, for all. Good work is purposeful. Good work is safe and inclusive. Good work exists for the long-term benefit of individuals, organisations and society. These are the fundamental principles of good work.”

    That was the message that I gave as part of a panel at the RSA Annual Lecture delivered by Matthew Taylor, CEO of the RSA, which was about the principles and ideas…

    • 11 May 2017
  • We need to talk about skills

    The skills of our workforces are critical to productivity, innovation and growth. With the advances of technology, changes in the workplace, and projections for the future, many are predicting that up to half the jobs we do today could disappear in the next 10 years or so, and new jobs requiring new skills will emerge. There are many implications for how we educate future generations, and calls for changes in the educational…

    • 25 Apr 2017
  • Closing the gender pay gap: time for greater transparency

    According to the 2016 Gender Pay Gap report from the World Economic Forum, it will take a staggering 170 years to close the world’s gender pay gap at current rates of progress. This reflects both the lower participation levels of women in the labour market, and the differences in pay in work, and is despite the fact that women at least equal men in educational attainment in 95 countries now.  

    Given the slow progress…

    • 27 Mar 2017
  • Be bold for change: let’s accelerate towards equal opportunity in the workplace

    International Women’s Day is always a great opportunity for us all to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It’s also a day for our community to take stock of the progress we’ve made so far towards better gender balance in the workplace, and reflect on the long journey still ahead.

    There is much to be feel positive about. In the UK, for example, we’ve made progress…

    • 7 Mar 2017
  • The role of professionalism and principles in a post-truth world

    In what many are describing as a ‘post-truth’ world, where experts are less trusted and we are all bombarded with information and limitless opinions via social media, developing our careers as professionals takes on a wider importance. Career development is not just about knowledge and skills, but also personal development, what we stand for and the experiences that shape us.

    It’s worth reaffirming the role…

    • 20 Feb 2017
  • Wage inequality is shining a light on employers' duty of care for our financial security and well-being

    Recent years have brought a growing debate and disquiet about income and wages growth and inequalities. Since the global financial crisis of 2008, average wages growth has flattened in most of the advanced economies and many economists are predicting little change in the foreseeable future with the low rates of inflation, increasing pressure on labour costs and the need for productivity growth. Together with the changing…

    • 25 Jan 2017
  • From homo economicus to homo sapiens: why work should benefit people, not just economies

    This time last year, I reflected on a year of remarkable cultural, economic and political change. 2016 has probably brought even more surprises from Britain’s vote to leave the European Union to the hotly contested presidential elections in the United States, and adding to the ongoing unpredictability of our economies.

    Given the chance, and often to the confounding of pollsters, the ‘silent’ majorities are speaking…

    • 12 Dec 2016
  • Who can we trust?

    November will see thousands of HR and L&D practitioners gathering at our Annual Conference and Exhibition. It’s always a great source of pride to see so many people committed to their continuing professional development, and it provides an opportune reminder about what it really means to be a professional.

    We are living in a world where information and knowledge has never been more accessible. Any question on…

    • 26 Oct 2016
  • Time for a reward rethink

    Pay and reward are increasingly in the public and political spotlight, which is hardly surprising given the growing issues of income inequality and concerns about executive pay. As with many practices at work, trends evolve and, from time to time, need serious reconsideration – pay and reward is now surely one of those areas.

    We often conflate pay and reward, but there are two distinct points – first, what’s a fair…

    • 6 Oct 2016
  • If hiring EU workers is set to get harder, then the case for investing in your existing workforce couldn’t be stronger

    As HR and L&D professionals, we all know that investing in people – developing their skills and looking after their well-being – is not only the right thing to do as a responsible employer, but is also key to building resilient and productive organisations. But in times of uncertainty, employers often see such investments as controllable or variable short term costs that they can offset against the perceived risks to…

    • 24 Aug 2016
  • One week on - the known unknowns?

    A week on, and we are deep into an increasingly surreal post-Brexit turmoil which no one could have predicted.

    This is without doubt a time for strong leadership, not only for reassurance, but for a sense of vision and direction. But we have a vacuum of political leadership in the UK, following the fall out in both major political parties, which is going to take some months to resolve. There is also a nervous tension…

    • 3 Aug 2016
  • Be the change you want to see

    We’ve all had a lot to talk about over the last month. If we thought the European football championship was unpredictable with the success of small nations against big nations, then the vote for Brexit (a word now officially in the Oxford English Dictionary...

    • 3 Aug 2016
  • Are corporate scandals finally putting corporate culture at the heart of the business agenda?

    As if we needed further reminders of the importance of positive working cultures, the continuing corporate scandals and most recently the dubious working practices recently exposed at UK retailer Sports Direct have again brought the debate about corporate and leadership behaviours to the fore. Sadly these stories, along with issues in other areas of public life from politics to sport, have steadily eroded overall trust…

    • 29 Jun 2016
  • Flexible working is here to stay: it’s time to start designing jobs and workplaces that truly embrace it

    Flexible working is a fundamental part of the modern workplace. Whether it’s part time working, working remotely, job sharing, or working ‘irregular’ hours, it gives many people the opportunity to fit work around their other commitments. The ageing workforce, the rise of the ‘sandwich generation’ with increasing caring responsibilities, the growing numbers of parents with young children wanting…

    • 25 May 2016
  • Robots don't kill jobs, people do

    Technology and the digital world’s influence on work, and almost all aspects of our lives, is growing all the time. It’s disrupting businesses and sectors, facilitating the emergence of new kinds of business models, enabling new ways of working and changing the very nature of the jobs we do.

    The growth of AI and robotisation, combined with the continued pressure to improve productivity and output, is driving…

    • 28 Apr 2016
  • Best way to predict the future is to help shape it

    Public policy and regulation have a big impact on labour markets and employment, on businesses, and what we have to pay attention to. But by their nature, they are a somewhat blunt instrument of change and can have unintended consequences due to the complexity of the world they are trying to influence. Recent key policy changes today around pensions, apprenticeship levy, and the living wage may all be individually well…

    • 29 Mar 2016
  • It’s time to work smarter

    Peter Cheese, Chief Executive, CIPD:

    Recent weeks have again shown that we can take little for granted in the economy and, for the public sector, budget cuts remain the order of the day. It’s not surprising that cost-cutting is topping the agendas of many organisations, but it’s also good to see from our recent HR Outlook survey of business and HR leaders that innovation is, for the first time, a key priority for both…

    • 25 Feb 2016
  • The pursuit of happiness

    A deep understanding of the business and wider economic context we operate in is crucial to a successful career in HR or L&D, and our ability to add value to the organisations we work in. But businesses need to become much more people savvy too. One of the most important dimensions in building more sustainable, effective and responsible businesses today is how we look after our people.

    The welfare workers of 100 years…

    • 29 Jan 2016
  • HR’s image challenge

    A new year is an opportunity to look back as well as look forward. In a way, People Management’s poll of more than 1,100 UK employees regarding their perceptions of their HR departments offers a bit of both.

    Many of the findings of the survey are broadly positive. HR is becoming a more trusted and established function in the eyes of employees at all levels, and is showing more willingness to innovate and rethink…

    • 12 Jan 2016
  • A year of change and continued progress for the HR profession

    This year has been a remarkable one – politically, culturally and economically. There was the unexpected result of the UK elections in May and the continuing debate on the future of the EU, as well as growing geopolitical challenges. At one level, we can see continued globalisation and the opening up of markets and borders, but we can also see the potential for movement in the opposite direction.

    Economic headwinds…

    • 4 Dec 2015
  • Putting principle before profit

    The Volkswagen scandal may be one of the most systemic and damaging examples yet of a business focusing on financial return whilst compromising or deceiving all its other stakeholders. Once more it is bringing business ethics and behaviours to the fore, highlighting that people and their behaviours are the biggest drivers of both risk and value in organisations.

    Rebuilding trust, understanding what drives the decisions…

    • 28 Oct 2015
  • The power of employee voice

    Today’s workforce is more diverse than ever before – generationally, aspirationally, educationally and culturally, as well as in terms of the more obvious and visible aspects of diversity we still wrestle with. We are also working in increasingly diverse ways, with work itself changing beyond recognition.

    Understanding, respecting and valuing these different dimensions of diversity is vital, not only to get…

    • 30 Sep 2015
  • Putting the human into HR

    We’re seeing significant shifts in thinking about some long-held policies and practices in HR. First we were hearing about firms like Netflix abandoning policies on things such as holiday allowances, and now a number of major organisations are apparently ditching their performance management processes.

    When big companies such as Accenture and Deloitte start to scrap long-enshrined practices like the annual performance…

    • 26 Aug 2015