• 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 corp...
    • 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 commitm...
    • 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 w...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 agen...
    • 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. ...
    • 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 a...
    • 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 lev...
    • 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 fo...
    • 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 incr...
    • 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 ...
    • 26 Aug 2015
  • Voice and value: power, influence and institutions

    At today's annual Voice and Value Conference, which we are delighted to be hosting again jointly with the London School of Economics, we’ll hear a wide range of perspectives from both employer representatives as well as employee represent...
    • 28 Mar 2014
  • Developing leaders at all levels

    At a recent launch of the CIPD and Tomorrow's Company initiative - Tomorrow's Leaders - once again we debated the challenges behind the development of effective leaders at all levels in the modern workplace. Too often we are critical of the l...
    • 31 Oct 2013
  • Championing better work and working lives - a progress report from the CIPD

    These are exciting times at the CIPD and for our profession. I’ve been here a year now. We have a renewed sense of purpose and a clear strategic agenda for change – working with real energy to increase our impact and voice and the support...
    • 18 Jul 2013
  • Agile working requires culture change

    To see the chairmen and chief executives of 22 of the UK’s biggest companies making such a strong case for more flexible working yesterday is great news, and perhaps unsurprising to us at the CIPD, given our long track record of championing the...
    • 25 Jun 2013
  • The way the world works

    This week, the leaders of the G8 countries – the UK, the USA, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Russia and Japan – are meeting in Northern Ireland for their annual summit. As host nation, the UK has set the priorities for the discussion: ...
    • 18 Jun 2013
  • Communicating and engaging on our strategic direction

    I hope most of you will have seen the New Year update email I sent round on the changes we're working on at the CIPD, and the new strategic direction we're charting. Communication is always vital, particularly in times of change. But, as Geo...
    • 1 Feb 2013
  • New directions for CIPD, new opportunities for the profession

    Hello, and best wishes for the New Year. As the CIPD marches towards its centenary in June, we’re in a celebratory mood, looking back with pride, and a dash of nostalgia, but also firmly focused on the future. I’ve been in post here at ...
    • 24 Jan 2013
  • What’s going to happen in 2013?

    One thing's for certain and that is that nothing's for certain. Whether it's the economy, the next big thing in technology, the next corporate or media scandal, or even the weather. The economic outlook for 2013 is for most commentato...
    • 9 Jan 2013
  • Loud and clear : Employers to take the lead

    The last few weeks have seen some welcome and much needed progress in the skills world. The Richard Review on apprenticeships was a timely follow up to news from the Skills Minister, Matthew Hancock, that a further £150m pot of fu...
    • 6 Dec 2012
  • This year's conference - my view

    Just back from this year's Annual Conference and Exhibition in Manchester. What a great event and experience! I enjoyed every moment and met so many people from so many places. Lots of great content and thanks to the many speakers who gave up t...
    • 12 Nov 2012
  • Thoughts on the CIPD - a framework for change

    Time has flown by and I am now through my first 100 days as CEO and have been working on the strategic framework and priorities for us in the coming months and years. The CIPD has a lot to be proud of and there has been a lot of progress in recent y...
    • 29 Oct 2012
  • Is trading employee rights for share ownership really a way forwards?

    I have been attending the Conservative Party conference this week - a first for me to attend any of these sorts of events, but important in helping to engage and get some of our messages out. We have had lots of positive discussion for example about ...
    • 9 Oct 2012
  • UK Productivity Stats – Are we really falling behind?

    Although not widely reported, there were some concerning figures published by the ONS last week on UK national productivity and comparison with the G7 nations.  To quote "Output per hour in the UK was 15 percentage points below the average ...
    • 26 Sep 2012
  • Summer’s lease hath all too short a date

    Sadly, Shakespeare in his famous sonnet was never more on the money than when talking about this summer. Last weekend's final blast of sunny weather and the closing of the Paralympics felt like the end to an incredible summer of sport and celebra...
    • 11 Sep 2012