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  • Putting fair work at the heart of Scotland’s workplaces and economy

    The Fair Work Convention and CIPD Scotland last month joined together to form a strategic partnership, working to ensure fair work drives success, wellbeing and prosperity for individuals, businesses, organisations and society across Scotland. Fair Work…

  • Working Lives Scotland 2021

    By Marek Zemanik, Senior Public Policy Adviser

    The first Working Lives Scotland report was released three months after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. While it was already apparent that we were experiencing an unprecedented event, one year on we…

  • CIPD Northern Ireland Conference highlights the role of people professionals in shaping the future of work

    By Lee Ann Panglea, Head of CIPD Scotland and Northern Ireland

    Throughout the course of the pandemic, organisations from across Northern Ireland have been forced to adapt at pace and implement changes in the way they operate whilst navigating uncertainty…

  • LGBT inclusion blog series: focus on wellbeing

    By Melanie Green, Research Adviser at the CIPD.

    Employee wellbeing has been high on the list of priorities for organisations and people professionals alike in the past year. According to data reported in our People Profession in 2020 research, 65% of business…

  • CIPD Scotland’s policy asks in party manifestos

    By Marek Zemanik, Senior Public Policy Adviser

    By the time you read this blog, it will only be a few hours until the polls open across Scotland for the 2021 Scottish Parliament election. The sixth session of Parliament with 129 new (and returning) MSPs…

  • March 2021: Reflecting on the past year

    Mel Green & Gill Maxwell, Research Advisors

    On 23 March 2021 this year the National Day of Reflection in the UK will commemorate lives lost to  COVID-19 and we will stand together with everyone who is grieving. In supporting this milestone event, we…

  • Fairer workplaces for a fairer Scotland

    By Marek Zemanik, Senior Public Policy Adviser. 

    In just under 10 weeks, on 6th May 2021, people in Scotland will head to the polls to elect 129 new MSPs. It is fair to say, this election will be like no other election before it. We still face considerable…

  • Schrodinger’s HR Function - How can HR both exist and not exist at the same time?

    By David D'Souza, Membership Director at the CIPD

    Approximately once a year, media attention will alight on an organisation that has no HR function because ‘they don’t believe in that type of thing’
     or the CEO has had a bad experience…

  • The 2021/22 Scottish Budget and the people profession

    By Marek Zemanik, Senior Public Policy Adviser. 

    The last Scottish Budget before Scotland goes to the polls in May has been unveiled on Thursday, 28th January 2021. CIPD Scotland sent our views to Kate Forbes MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, in advance…

  • Predictions for 2021

    By David D'Souza, Membership Director

    It’s true to say that 2020 was full of learning and the opportunity to reinvent for many, but it’s equally true to say that it was full of pain, loss and uncertainty. Over recent years I’ve regularly bee…

  • The impact of COVID-19 on employee wellbeing in Scotland

    By Marek Zemanik, Senior Public Policy Adviser.

    As 2020 draws to a close, most of us will be looking back in disbelief and looking forward in hope. While the news of a vaccine rollout offers a genuine way out of the tunnel after months of restrictions…

  • The time is now: Why Compass has committed to the Real Living Wage

    By Donna Catley, Chief People Officer, Compass Group UK and Ireland

    The COVID-19 crisis has seen essential frontline workers move from being an invisible workforce to being identified as the nation’s “key workers”. A light has rightly been shone on the…

  • Managing stress at Fideres Partners

    To mark Stress Awareness Week we asked Kate Bicknell, Head of People and Culture at Fideres Partners, how they have approached managing stress during the pandemic.

    We explore the initiatives they put in place, the advice they’ve given managers and what…

  • How we managed our first-ever digital Festival of Work

    By Sinead Costello, Head of Partnerships at the CIPD.

    In June 2020 the CIPD and Haymarket ran our first-ever digital Festival of Work, bringing people professionals content on the future of work at a time when they needed support and guidance like never…

  • Support for alcohol and drug misuse needs to be part of a wellbeing offering

    Over a quarter (27%) of people say their alcohol consumption has increased as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions. This is according to our hot-off-the-press CIPD survey looking at how working lives have changed during the pandemic…

  • RE: Valuing people - Lesson 3: your reflections

    WELL BEING INITIATIVES:

    Recently our group companies celebrated "Well Being" week. The focus is on physical and mental health. We have 2 yoga sessions and 2 JUMBA (physical exercises) classes. The employees felt relaxed. But, this mood faded away within…

  • Employee motivation in company health management (Survey)

    Hello everybody, for my bachelor thesis I'm doing a survey about 'employee motivation in company health management' (available in German and English).
    I would be very greatful, if you could participate. Thank you and best regards, Sabrina

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…