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We all need to unite against bullying

By  16 Nov, 2020 10:26

By Rachel Suff, Senior Policy Advisor at the CIPDHow organisations can prevent bullying and negative conflict occurring at work, and how to resolve it when it does.The theme of this year’s Anti-...

Uncertainty on top of uncertainty – delivering the next Scottish Budget

By  13 Nov, 2020 16:19

Marek Zemanik, Senior Policy Advisor for CIPD Scotland Marek Zemanik discusses how the next Scottish Budget will be very different compared to any other because of the impacts of COVID-19 The last budget before an election is usually a big deal. You ...

We need to talk about money

By  9 Nov, 2020 14:24

By Charles Cotton, Senior Reward Advisor at the CIPD. This week is Talk Money Week , an annual awareness-raising campaign, organised by the Money and Pension Services (MaPS), to get people talking about money.&n...

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

By  9 Nov, 2020 09:00

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 righ...

Managing stress at Fideres Partners

By  5 Nov, 2020 15:02

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 a...

National Stress Awareness Day

By  3 Nov, 2020 16:21

By Rob Vondy, Head of Stress Policy at The Health and Safety Executive As we recognise National Stress Awareness day, this anniversary is like no other given the impact of the global pandemic.Work-related Stress is a priority health t...

Pandemic pressures increase risk of stress

By  2 Nov, 2020 10:45

Stress Awareness Week marks an opportunity to take stock of the added pressures many are facing due to COVID-19, and what we can do to manage them. CIPD Policy Adviser, Rachel Suff explores this topic.The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the wh...

Job quality and Scotland’s ageing workforce

By  28 Oct, 2020 10:49

By Marek Zemanik, Senior Public Policy Adviser, Scotland. The global pandemic has affected the lives of us all. We are beginning to see some of the longer-term impacts materialising, even though there is no end in sight yet. A speeding up of digital ...

Employment law updates: Preserving jobs through JSS and tribunal rulings on fair treatment

By  16 Oct, 2020 15:19

By Jill Evans, Law Content Analyst, CIPD Rules and regulations can’t always keep pace with real life. The UK Government’s new Job Support Scheme , announced on 24 September, is already having to be extended to support businesses forced to ...

Redundancy: Compliance and compassion should go hand in hand

By  9 Oct, 2020 16:40

With the Government’s Furlough scheme ending this month, fear about large-scale job losses loom large. A third (33%) of employers intended to make redundancies over the last financial quarter, a...

Today’s HRDs are working far beyond the people agenda

By  9 Oct, 2020 10:22

The way we work has changed almost beyond all recognition in the last six months. But even before the pandemic profound societal, economic and technological shifts were impacting the world of work. Any change to the world of work is by its very natur...

Wellbeing in the 'new normal'

By  6 Oct, 2020 10:50

By Beth McMaw Considine, CIPD Northern Ireland Branch Chair. As we settle into autumn, with cooler temperatures, shorter days and increasing COVID-19 related restrictions, I’d like to share with you, our members, some reflections on “well...

The new Lifetime Skills Guarantee is a bold ambition but much more needs to be done to make this a reality

By  29 Sep, 2020 16:17

By Peter Cheese, CEO, CIPD.Today’s announcement by the Prime Minister of a new Lifetime Skills Guarantee is a bold ambition but much more needs to be done to make this a reality. The measures set out today, such as providing free college cours...

Championing better work and working lives: a year in review of the CIPD’s public policy work in 2019–20

By  16 Sep, 2020 16:03

By Paddy Smith, Public Affairs Manager. An integral part of the CIPD’s mission to champion better work and working lives is to drive change with government and policy makers that improves the world of work for all. We do this through our p...

Keeping menopause firmly on the workplace agenda

By  14 Sep, 2020 17:12

By Deborah Garlick, Director, Henpicked: Menopause in the Workplace . During the course of the last six months, the world’s attention has been firmly focused on Covid-19. Its effects have been pervasive, touching on almost every aspect of o...

Fair work and disability

By  14 Sep, 2020 12:24

By Marek Zemanik, Senior Public Policy Adviser, Scotland. Recent years have seen an increased focus from both the UK and Scottish governments to tackle what policymakers refer to as the disability employment gap - the difference between the employmen...

Stepping up – how CIPD members are volunteering to tackle the impact of the pandemic

By  8 Sep, 2020 14:38

By Jemeela Quraishi, Social Impact and Innovation Lead Volunteering Do people professionals have the time or energy to volunteer right now? That was the question the Social Impact team at the CIPD were asking at the start of lockdown. Over...

Making sure 'hybrid' working is inclusive

By  7 Sep, 2020 09:44

Coronavirus has brought on history’s largest ever remote working experiment. At the peak of lockdown, some 20 million people were working from home in the UK (pre-COVID only about 1.7 million UK workers classed themselves as home workers). As p...

Why I chose the life of an independent consultant

By  3 Sep, 2020 13:09

By Ruth Cornish (FCIPD), Founder Amelore Ltd , Co-founder HR Independents Ltd . There’s never been a more exciting time to work independently as a people professional, with opportunities growing in the current climate. Although the CIPD&rsqu...

Third time lucky

By  26 Aug, 2020 16:22

By Marek Zemanik, Senior Public Policy Adviser, Scotland.Provided everything goes as planned, you are reading this blog while I am on paternity leave. This is my third time and, despite my children being born within just over five years, it will be a...

Six learnings from the CIPD’s first-ever digital Festival of Work

By  25 Aug, 2020 16:22

By Sinead Costello, Head of Partnerships at the CIPD. Customers want an experience: Our customers appreciated feeling part of a community and wanted some escapism from everyday working life. Creating the feeling of being at an event through gra...

How we managed our first-ever digital Festival of Work

By  25 Aug, 2020 16:02

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 ne...

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

By  25 Aug, 2020 00:01

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 pand...

Redundancy, pay related court rulings and contracts

By  12 Aug, 2020 08:15

By Jill Evans, Law Content Analyst, CIPD.For months, people professionals have been preoccupied with workforce safety, and now some are also having to turn their attention to making redundancies. Both tasks require them to check regulations while kee...

Why people practitioners need to take tech seriously, and what they can do about it

By  10 Aug, 2020 16:20

By Louisa Baczor, Founder and Research Consultant at Elbe Consulting . The current wave of tech-driven change known as the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ is blurring the divide between the human and digital worlds. In the workplace, t...