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Remembering Lifelong Learning

By  28 Jul, 2020 11:43

By Marek Zemanik, Senior Public Policy Adviser, Scotland.As the Covid-19 public health emergency morphs into an economic emergency, some tough decisions lie in store for both the UK and Scottish governments. How do we target financial support? W...

Unconscious bias training is not the go-to solution

By  24 Jul, 2020 17:35

It’s easy to accept in principle that there’s no magic bullet, harder to stop holding out hope for one. If the last few decades of psychology have taught us anything, it is that we are not the rational, deliberative decision makers that w...

Why ‘good work’ is key to recovery from Covid-19

By  16 Jul, 2020 08:30

The issue of job quality might seem less important than it did six months ago in light of the devastating effect Covid-19 is having on people’s health, their economic security and employment prospects. As unemployment rises during lockdown and ...

Support and encourage employers to invest and build back better

By  15 Jul, 2020 15:31

Over the past few years, as employment in the UK has continued to rise, there has been a shift in the focus of government and policymakers beyond merely the quantity of work in the economy, and now looking more closely at the quality of work. As...

Can we achieve ‘good work’ for everyone, or are some jobs inherently better than others?

By  3 Jul, 2020 08:00

One thing the COVID-19 lockdown has brought into relief is the different quality jobs that exist across occupations. Perhaps most obviously, we have the key workers, with their newfound appreciation as a backbone of society, but many of whom have rel...

We collaborated with local recruitment agencies to find alternative employment to protect our staff's income #HRtogether

By  2 Jul, 2020 09:00

Andrew Cooper is General Manager and Human Resources Manager for Parkway Cinemas, based in the UK. The Parkway Entertainment company has a strong family history, one which boasts an independent mindset. A nine-screen multiplex in Cleethorpes offers a...

How HR, D&I Practitioners, CEOs & Line Managers Can Support Black Colleagues

By  1 Jul, 2020 17:17

By Petunia Thomas, MBA CPCC Black colleagues and network groups have been dealing with, at a conscious and subconscious level: their own experiences of racism past and present, the external atrocity of George Floyd’s murder and countless others...

Racism – A commitment to action and change

By  1 Jul, 2020 08:30

The events of the last few weeks have challenged us all to question how we understand racism in the world, and our part in addressing it. Whilst ethnicity and difference is part of humanity and what makes us who we ...

Thriving in a changing world of work: exploring the drivers of the people profession in 2030

By  29 Jun, 2020 00:00

As organisations and people professionals navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, many are reflecting on how the current situation will have a long-term impact on how and where we work. One thing is for certain – COVID-19 has been a huge disruptor in a...

Annual Leave – Furlough & Beyond

By  26 Jun, 2020 14:45

By Louise McAloon, Partner, Worthingtons Solicitors. With over 200,00 employees placed on ‘furlough’ in Northern Ireland as a result of covid-19 disruption and the availability of the Government’s CJRS furlough scheme over a 7 ...

People Profession 2030: senior leaders’ views on how the profession must evolve

By  25 Jun, 2020 16:29

At the end of 2019, with the 2010s about to draw to a close, many of us were reflecting on the significant changes to the people profession in the recent past. Wellbeing and health had risen fast up the agenda for businesses, AI and automation were n...

The next 12 months will bring challenges to how we can be our authentic self #HRtogether

By  25 Jun, 2020 08:36

Alastair Swindlehurst is an independent HR consultant, based in Manchester, UK. During the last three months I’ve been asked a number of times, how are things? In truth I can only think of one word. Chaos.If you know me, you know this is true....

Why ethnicity pay gap reporting has to be introduced

By  24 Jun, 2020 16:31

By Ben Wilmott, Head of Public Policy, CIPD Greater transparency over workforce diversity can help drive change. Recent events have again demonstrated that racial injustice and inequality remains a fact of life for far too many people and contin...

Working Lives Scotland

By  23 Jun, 2020 13:32

By Marek Zemanik, Senior Public Policy Adviser at CIPD Scotland.A unique look at job qualityThe CIPD conducts a range of research in relation to job quality, but this year is the first year we have published a dedicated report for Scotland. Working L...

I inspired a bunch of HR consultants to deliver online training #HRtogether

By  23 Jun, 2020 08:49

By Krystyna Gadd, Founder of How to Accelerate Learning, based in Leeds, UK.At first there was very little impact on me due to COVID 19, because I had some work in Belfast, which got transferred online as result of lockdown. It was meant to be a face...

It’s time to close the gap between learning intent and action

By  22 Jun, 2020 14:15

Andy Young is Managing Director within the Talent and Organisation Practice at Accenture.It would be an understatement to say the past few months have been different. Many organisations have had to redeploy, upskill, or reskill staff q...

Are we more productive working at home?

By  17 Jun, 2020 15:58

By Mark Beatson We know already that the economic news in the short-term will be dire. How dire will depend in part on how productive the millions of people working from home have been. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a massive increase in hom...

COVID-19: How to reduce stress and maintain a work-life balance while working from home

By  16 Jun, 2020 14:04

Dr Madeleine Petzer, Senior Lecturer in HRM at Liverpool John Moores University The Mental Health Foundation’s 2018 Stress: Are we coping? report found that 74% of people in the UK have at some...

The Corona Class of 2020: how we can support future workers

By  16 Jun, 2020 08:00

By Charlotte Haynes, Projects Officer at CIPD (Social Impact and Innovation team) Graduates and school leavers hoping to enter the job market this summer are now facing bleak employment prospects. This is &ldqu...

Good quality and stable jobs are a lifeblood of a healthy economy

By  9 Jun, 2020 12:38

Jonny Gifford, Senior Advisor for Organisational Behaviour, CIPD This weekend saw a potentially major shift in the UK government’s priorities, with the prime minister placing a new urgency...

Learning and Skills at Work Survey

By  8 Jun, 2020 15:08

By Lizzie Crowley, Senior Policy Adviser - Skills.Learning at work has never been more important. Learning builds skill sets, supports career development, enhances job satisfaction and retention, and supports improved workforce productivity. In times...

Stepping up to the challenge as a small business #HRtogether

By  8 Jun, 2020 09:31

Kirsty Robinson is Director at CutTheMustard HR, and is based in Yorkshire, UK The coronavirus pandemic has meant that like many others, I’ve had to be really creative about how I run my business whilst balancing the needs of my family. With t...

When you say ‘flexible working’…

By  5 Jun, 2020 12:41

There has been an interesting, understandable and yet worrying trend in discussions people are having around working practices in the past few weeks. The media has been using the words ‘remote’ and ‘flexible’ widely – an...

Embracing the 'virtual' world of working #HRtogether

By  4 Jun, 2020 12:13

By Ian Pettigrew of Kingfisher Coaching, based in Manchester, UK. The coronavirus pandemic initially had little impact on my work, other than switching to online, and I continued to be busy. Some of my work has always been online, so this was ...

Through COVID-19, UK employment law rumbled on

By  3 Jun, 2020 12:04

By Jill Evans, Law Content Analyst, CIPD At the beginning of April most organisations’ attention was fixed on how Coronavirus would affect our everyday lives . Managers were...