• 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.

    It…

    • 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
  • Ups and downs of ‘gig economy’ work

    Louisa Baczor, Research Adviser

    The ‘gig economy’ has been a hot topic of debate, particularly following the Taylor Review’s call to improve the quality of work for those in atypical employment. The CIPD’s research found that while 60% of ‘giggers’ feel they often don’t get enough work and are typically on low income, around half are satisfied with how much they earn, often using gig work to supplement…

    • 21 Sep 2017
  • Is there more to employee voice?

    By Ksenia Zheltoukhova , Head of CIPD Research 

    A couple of years ago a team I was part of completed a values-based survey, reflecting on what was important to us both at home and at work. When the results were revealed, my personal and professional profiles appeared as if they described two rather different people. The “personal me” was driven by ideas, asked questions, and enjoyed exploring uncertainty. The “work me…

    • 20 Sep 2017
  • Voice as a fundamental aspect of ‘Good Work’

    By Louisa Baczor, CIPD Research Adviser


    The Matthew Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices highlights the importance of effective worker voice for creating good work. We believe that having a meaningful voice is critical to better experience and outcomes of work, and therefore welcome Taylor’s inclusion of the CIPD’s viewpoint that ‘having a voice is essential not just at the moment of entering an employment relationship…

    • 20 Jul 2017
  • Where’s mum (you lazy…)?

    By Jonny Gifford, Organisational Behaviour Adviser

    Couples have had the right to shared parental leave for two years now. We can start to see some impact, with a decline in traditional patterns of employment and parenting, more fathers working less to spend time with their children and more mothers working full-time.(1) But so far, it’s been a pretty slow decline. The CIPD’s Labour Market Outlook estimated from data…

    • 13 Jun 2017
  • Work experience at the CIPD

    By Nasser el Mokhtari and Nathan Ten Have


    We are fifteen-year-old students from KSG De Breul, in Zeist and we’ve spent a week with the Research Team at CIPD. Our work experience this week has been enjoyable and at times challenging. The Head of Research, Wilson Wong, spoke to us about HR and HRM. We learned what HR is, what HR people do and in what situations companies need HR.

    We researched the impact of technology…

    • 12 May 2017
  • The art of hearing diverse voices

    By Louisa Baczor, CIPD Research Associate

    Our mission at the CIPD is to help ensure that work is a force for good that benefits everyone – businesses, individuals, economies and society. To achieve that, we believe the future of work needs to be much more human than it is today. But what does it actually mean to be human, and what are the innate limitations of human beings that we need to be aware of?

    One of our…

    • 6 Apr 2017
  • What does ‘voice’ mean for the millions of UK employees who live in poverty?

    By Louise Woodruff – Joseph Rowntree Foundation

    The face of poverty in the UK has changed – the majority of people who live in poverty now live in households where at least one person is working. 3.8 million workers lived in a household in poverty in 2014/15, up by around a million people since 2004/05. What is the relevance of discussions about the future of voice for employees working on low pay, in insecure…

    • 28 Mar 2017
  • New tools to help you develop managers to support employee well-being and engagement

    By Rachel Lewis and Emma Donaldson-Feilder, Affinity Health at Work

    A new maturity model will help organisations support managers to develop the skills and behaviours needed to enhance well-being and engagement in their teams

    Despite all the evidence demonstrating that employee health, well-being and engagement are important for organisational success, and that line managers are one of the most important influences on…

    • 22 Mar 2017