• People Profession Survey 2020 for independent professionals

    By Rebecca Peters, Research Adviser at the CIPD.

    The self-employment job market is rising in numbers - CIPD’s 2018 megatrends report highlights that self-employment in the UK has been growing faster than general employment rates since 2001. Much of the post-recession growth in the UK is said to have been driven by self-employment. This is hardly surprising given the rise of the gig economy (around 1 in 10 UK adults…

    • 6 Mar 2020
  • People profession: where do we go from here (and how do we get there!)?

    By Rebecca Peters, Research Advisor at the CIPD.

    The people profession is changing and to continue doing great work, people professionals need to be adaptive to the demands being placed upon them. Given the numerous corporate scandals or changes in current affairs and legislation, the landscape for people professionals is fast-paced and often reactive to the changing world around us – both internally and externally. Last…

    • 11 Feb 2020
  • Job sharing at a senior level - working well for us.

    An Introduction

    Susannah and Philippa share the role of Head of Academic Quality at Nottingham Trent University, managing a team of 12. Both had many years' experience in the Higher Education sector before forming a job-share partnership, and Susannah previously held the role on a full-time basis before recruiting Philippa to work with her. The benefits afforded by the arrangement are wide-ranging. Some were anticipated…

    • 25 Sep 2019
  • How HR can help employees speak truth to power

    By Jake Young, CIPD Research Associate

    In part one we explored speaking truth to power in relation to workplace sexual harassment. Research shows that issues are faced not only by those who wish to make their voice heard, but by those with the responsibility for making this happen. The second part of this piece aims to uncover the solutions to such problems – in particular, what can the HR professionals do to foster an…

    • 13 Jun 2019
  • Championing employee voice by speaking truth to power

    By Jake Young, CIPD Research Associate

    We know that enabling employee voice is important and benefits both the employer and employee. Having voice, first and foremost, allows employees to influence matters that they deem important. Our CIPD research shows that this helps give meaning to their work, ensuring a good quality of working life. This is not to forget the positive organisational benefits voice can bring, such…

    • 5 Jun 2019
  • How to support your older workers

    By Dr Aideen Young, Evidence Manager, the Centre for Ageing Better

    We all know the UK population is ageing. In the 15 years to 2031, there will be a 25% increase in the number of people aged 65 to 79 and a 4% decline in the number aged 20 to 34.

    These demographic changes will have far-reaching consequences across society. Inevitably, they will be felt in the workplace too.

    By 2025 there will be one million more people…

    • 2 May 2019
  • Putting employee voice centre stage

    By Louisa Baczor, Research Adviser at the CIPD

    In today’s world of work, with many insecure jobs, long working hours cultures and the decline in collective representation, how much influence do people have over their employment conditions? Opportunities to express voice within the organisation are an essential way by which individuals can shape the working relationship (as the CIPD’s UK Working Lives research…

    • 28 Feb 2019
  • How safe do we feel to speak up at work?

    By Louisa Baczor, Research Advisor at the CIPD

    Toxic workplace cultures have recently been very prominent in public debate. Last year’s scandals included allegations of bullying and harassment in Westminster, and the exposure of Sir Philip Green’s use of non-disclosure agreements to cover up claims of abuse by employees. Most recently, staff at Ted Baker launched a petition to complain about the CEO’s …

    • 16 Jan 2019
  • Investing in workforce data: what can HR do to help?

    By Jake Young, CIPD Research Associate

    Organisations create value by utilising the different assets available to them, such as using machinery to turn materials into saleable products. Increasingly, the asset of value to organisations is the human capital of its workforce: the knowledge, skills and abilities of its people (Schultz, 1961). But why is human capital so important and who are the main stakeholders of information…

    • 23 Nov 2018
  • The People Profession in 2018

    By Louisa Baczor, Research Advisor at the CIPD

    The role of people professionals is diversifying and becoming more complex. As organisations become increasingly agile and rely more on contractors and remote workers to meet immediate business needs, there is the question of how employers can foster levels of engagement and commitment, and enable people to reach their potential. There is also a growing recognition of the…

    • 5 Nov 2018
  • ‘Good work’ for all: celebrating Living Wage Week

    By Olga Jadinskaja, Project Manager of the CIPD's Living Wage pilot.

    CIPD is joining the annual celebration of the Living Wage movement in the UK. It works with employers to drive positive change in their workplaces, so more employees receive fair pay, resulting in higher productivity, job satisfaction and increased social mobility.

    This week marks the announcement of the new Living Wage rates. Every year the Living…

    • 2 Nov 2018
  • It’s time to properly support workplace Returners

    By Claire McCartney, Diversity and Inclusion Adviser, CIPD

    The focus of both employers and the Government on supporting workplace Returners has been growing in recent months. Workplace returners represent valuable talent for organisations and it makes sense that employers should focus on how best to both support and actively retain them.

    The Government Equalities Office Returners’ fund programme has recently announced…

    • 18 Oct 2018
  • Making the most of people data: proving the value of people analytics in the UK, Ireland and US

    By Melanie Green, Research Adviser at the CIPD

    With more opportunity to collect and use people data than ever before, the importance of deploying workforce data responsibly, importantly and effectively, has never been greater. Ultimately, it can be used to tackle business problems, shine a light on HR practice and demonstrate the value of people. CIPD’s recent research, in association with Workday, finds that organisations…

    • 10 Oct 2018
  • Why we still need evidence for inclusion and diversity

    The business and moral case for diversity has long been made. With a widespread belief that diversity and inclusion is good for business, and is simply the right thing to do, why do we need to continue to investigate the evidence on diversity and inclusion?

    Taking an evidence-based approach

    Whilst organisations are increasingly paying attention to diversity, the pace of change is slow. Its clear barriers to equality still…

    • 11 Sep 2018
  • CIPD: My work experience

    Hi, my name is Emma Young and I am currently a student at Ricard's and Rutlish joint sixth form. I am currently studying sociology, psychology and art and design A levels.

    An overview of my week

    Throughout the week I have had the pleasure to meet the different members of the research team, each time with a warm welcome and each encounter with them I had been greeted with a warm smile.

    In honesty, I believe…

    • 27 Jul 2018
  • Working with the Strategy and Transformation team at CIPD

    My name is Ruben Elendo and I am a Business Computing student at the University of Greenwich. I would like to be a project manager in the future and work in the civil service.

    Starting at CIPD commenced by being shown around the building by Jackie Dedman (in the HR team) who was very welcoming and pleasant to speak to. Last year I worked in the content strategy and communications team with Derek Tong, so I already knew…

    • 23 Jul 2018
  • How can we create new solutions for worker voice?

    By Louisa Baczor, Research Advisor at the CIPD

    What does it mean to ‘have a voice’?

    Voice is an ambiguous concept that has many different purposes - from raising ideas or concerns, to influencing decisions and being heard. There are also different motivations for voice (that are not always well-intentioned) – whether to pursue personal or collective goals, make improvements, take advantage of power, or simply…

    • 21 May 2018
  • Voice at work is about more than internal marketing

    By Louisa Baczor, Research Advisor at the CIPD

    The CIPD’s UK Working Lives research demonstrated the importance of employee voice as a means of influencing other aspects of job quality. Having a voice at work is the primary vehicle through which individuals can influence matters that affect their working lives. While we found that workers are generally satisfied with their opportunities to express their views in…

    • 24 Apr 2018
  • Health and well-being: middle managers feel the squeeze

    The UK Working Lives survey report 2018 finds that health and well-being is the single biggest driver of job quality and job satisfaction in UK workplaces. This isn’t surprising – if a job is designed in such a way that it has an adverse impact on someone’s mental or physical health, this is likely to have a defining effect on how satisfied and happy they feel. This is borne out in the survey findings which show that…

    • 20 Apr 2018
  • Does your organisation nurture purposeful leaders?

    By Ksenia Zheltoukhova, Head of Research and Thought Leadership at the CIPD

    Another week, another ethical issue in the spotlight – a group of AI experts are questioning whether collaboration between a South Korean research university and a weaponry firm to develop autonomous arms is fit “to improve and not harm human lives”. Many organisations – from BP to Volkswagen – have faced such challenges in recent years…

    • 17 Apr 2018
  • My journey at the CIPD

    Hello, my name is Daniel and I am a college student currently studying at Saint Francis Xavier College. I am currently studying ICT at Btec Level 3 and I am thankful that the CIPD accepted my request to undertake work experience at this location.

    My 2 weeks at my CIPD work experience placement.

    I first arrived at the CIPD building pretty early and I’ll admit I was nervous leading up to this day. I was waiting at the reception…

    • 23 Mar 2018
  • Making room for women under the LGBT+ umbrella

    By Dr. Anna Einarsdóttir and Professor Sharon Mavin 

    Diversity in the workplace has been an important topic for some time, and many organisations of all sizes and sectors now recognize the importance of the agenda. Whilst this open debate and action in the name of diversity and inclusion is positive, there is a very real risk the diversity and inclusion agenda leaves behind or even harms the very groups it’s trying…

    • 9 Mar 2018
  • Leader-academic partnerships in leadership research: Why do it?

    By Dr Julie Wilson, Chair of BAM Leadership & Leadership Development SIG, British Academy of Management

    On 9th January at the Work Foundation in London, influential business professionals joined with academics to discuss best practice in aligning and sharing leadership research between academic and managerial communities. The blog below is an account of the event and thoughts on where this topic might go next.


    • 25 Jan 2018
  • How can we support digital learning without falling foul of technology trends?

    By Mel Green, Research Associate

    Technology is changing how we share and access content, giving us the freedom to learn anywhere, anytime on practically any topic. This presents a world of opportunity for the curation and delivery of learning.

    We explore how L&D practitioners are responding to this changing landscape in the CIPD’s recent report, drawing on the Towards Maturity international Benchmark Study…

    • 22 Jan 2018
  • Driving ethical business culture through better people data

    By Louisa Baczor, CIPD Research Adviser

    I recently attended the Institute of Business Ethics’ event on creating a ‘speak up’ culture, which is of course particularly topical given the multitude of sexual harassment accusations in Westminster and Hollywood. In an ideal world, organisations would create environments where everyone takes responsibility for acting with integrity, and feels confident that they will be heard…

    • 23 Nov 2017