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  • Health Cash Plans

    Good morning,

    I'm reviewing our healthcare provision - currently an Absence Insurance policy which includes an Employee Assistance helpline, counselling support and physio, and only occasionally seems to pay out when we have absentees.

    What we are…

  • Employee Performance - Help Needed

    Hi everyone. 

    So I am new into my HR career. I have been given a project by my HR manager around how an employee should spend their time in the office. She want's to know (in percentage terms) how an employee should spend their time in the office on Development…

  • A beacon for inclusive talent in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

    Written by Rachel Suff, Senior Policy Adviser

    In a groundbreaking project, the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (CIoSLEP) has secured £465,000 of Government funding to help local businesses recruit and retain people with disabilities…

  • CIPD Northern Ireland Conference: Focusing on the Future with People

    Belfast’s ICC was the venue as 250 HR and learning professionals from Northern Ireland and beyond gathered for the inaugural CIPD Northern Ireland annual conference on Tuesday.

    Wellbeing, inclusion and the impact of technology were the core conference…

  • Mental health at work: can you help?

    The CIPD is a partner of the Royal Foundation’s Heads Together campaign which brings together The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, in partnership with eight inspiring charities that are tackling…

  • Mandatory lunch breaks?

    Does the future of work include mandatory (or strongly encouraged) lunch breaks?

    A new People Management article by Dr Preethi Daniel discusses the impact of eating lunch at your desk on productivity. I've included a few quotes below:

    'By skipping…

  • Celebrate Carers Rights Day by raising awareness now

    Carers Rights Day on 24 November is an important opportunity to raise awareness to recognise and support the role of carers in UK workplaces. Often, caring is a hidden responsibility but the latest State of Caring report by Carers UK estimates that 3…

  • Wellbeing surveys

    Ive done a wellbeing questionnaire that im going to send around to all staff.  I want to home in on sorting staff out so that they are not working too much and make sure that the school are supporting every individual as and where they need it.  

    There are…

  • Blog from the HSE: International Stress Awareness Day

    Today marks International Stress Awareness Day and newly-published HSE statistics show an estimated 0.5 million people were affected by stress in 2016/17.

    These statistics are important as they highlight why tackling work-related stress remains a priority…

  • Sign up for a free Stress Summit pass

    Workplace stress is growing exponentially, with over 11 million days lost to anxiety last year in the UK, and consequent impacts on wellbeing and productivity…and this may be the tip of the iceberg when we also include presenteeism and unreported mental…

  • Building mentally healthy workplaces: support AND prevention needed

    During Mental Health Awareness Week this week it’s a good time to take stock of how employers can develop the most effective framework to foster good mental health at work. The CIPD 2016 Absence management survey, in partnership with Simplyhealth…

  • Time to act on depression

    It’s with good reason that the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) World Health Day on 7 April will focus on depression. Depression is the largest cause of disability worldwide and, at worst, can lead to suicide, says the WHO. More than…

  • Let’s celebrate the people management excellence we are going to need now and for the future

    After the Stormont squabbling and the Ballyhoo over Brexit and the border, there is one constant in the future world we face. The issue is can Northern Ireland build the kind of future fit workplaces we need? Can we bring more people into the workplace…

  • New NICE Quality Standard for healthy workplaces

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has today published its new quality standard, ‘Healthy workplaces: improving employee mental and physical health and wellbeing.’ The CIPD served on the NICE steering group that developed…

  • Work, health and disability: how can we bridge the gap?

    The CIPD has just submitted its response to the Government’s Green Paper and consultation Work, health and disability: improving lives. The Green Paper has far reaching proposals for how employers support people’s health as well as how it aims to…

  • Promoting the benefits of workplace mediation

    CIPD research shows that employers are making increased use of mediation, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), to resolve workplace issues. The 2015 study found that mediation by an external provider had been used in the last year…

  • The line manager – key to unlocking wellbeing at work

    Guest blog by Paul Barrett, Head of wellbeing, Bank Workers Charity

    We all know the saying, ‘People don’t leave their job; they leave their manager.’ Of course, it’s a rather crude statement but the reason it resonates is that it contains a kernel of…

  • Management Report Title ....help

    Good afternoon, I have started to sit down and start my management report, I found the subject that not only I love and I know the HR community is grabbing with both hands but its a well needed focus area within my organisation.   As part of the bigger…

  • CIPD Scotland the Blog: Framing Fair Work for Scotland

    Last week the Scottish Government’s long awaited Fair Work Convention (FWC) issued its Fair Work Framework. (FFF). This is the first substantial fruit of Scotland’s distinctive approach to the workplace. The FWC into which CIPD has had major input…

  • 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…

  • Mind the gap... the well-being gap

    The CIPD is embarking on a long-term project on employee health and well-being. While great strides have been made in workplace health and well-being in recent years, there is still a worrying implementation gap; for example, our 2015 Absence Management…

  • Pre Christmas Party wise words

    Hi all

    In anticipation of high jinks over the next few weeks I've been tasked with pulling together some wise words of advice to staff prior to them attending their local Christmas parties.

    I'm lucky to have a subscription to XpertHR but the guidance t…