Throughout your career it is important to network and gain insight into the issues and experiences of other like-minded professionals. CIPD community is an online forum which gives CIPD members a platform to share their knowledge, network and receive guidance from others.
Browse discussion threads on a variety of topics including employment law, GDPR, careers and much more. You’ll need an online account to access the full range of discussion threads, you can sign up for one here. Once logged in you can update your profile to help others know a bit more about yourself, send private messages, bookmark posts of interest and receive notifications on related content.
Set up your profile
Your profile is your chance to tell the other Community members about yourself, it can give context to your contributions to the forums.
We'd encourage you to share the reasons you visit the Community, as well as something about you as a person, your role, and your specialism! It's up to you what you write, but please don't include any personal contact details like your home address, email, or phone number.
You can upload a profile photo (or avatar) to your profile. We'd prefer if it was a professional-looking photo, as long as you own the copyright.
To upload a profile picture select the profile icon, then 'Change Avatar'. The photo you choose to upload for your avatar should ideally be 'square' and be no more than 120 x 120 pixels in size... or you may appear pixelated!
Start a discussion
If you would like to start a new discussion thread, you first need to navigate to the (most) appropriate topic forum. Once there look for the Start a New Post button at the top of the page.
- Enter a title for your comment or question in the Subject field.
- Select the Forum to which you want to post.
- Enter your comment or question in the Description field... Please be considerate and follow our Community Guidelines. If you're studying for a CIPD qualification, please read this before you post.
- Help other community members by entering a few relevant key words/phrases (called ""tags"") Separate tags using a comma, e.g. bullying, management
- Click the Post button.
View private messages
A private message is a communication between two people which nobody other than those two people can read. You can find all of the messages which people have sent to you and which you have sent to others from the Private Messages icon (an 'envelope') at the very top of the page.
Bookmark a post
You can bookmark forum post, blog posts, wiki pages, and individual contributors. If you wish to bookmark a blog post you are reading, click the 'bookmark' icon at the top of the page, and then 'Bookmark this blog post'.
Manage your notifications
You can opt in to receive both browser and desktop notifications of activities that occur within the Community, and you can choose how you wish to subscribe to these notifications.
When you open a new discussion thread you will automatically receive email notifications when other people contribute to the discussion. You should also see notifications appear in the top bar.
You will need to ensure that the Enable email contact box is ticked in your Settings.
If you would prefer not to see the Related Community Content pop up as you scroll down a page, you can 'turn this off' (or 'turn back on) under Settings.
Dos and Don'ts
Read the full Community guidelines
- Enjoy the diversity – remember we are all different and may not all think or express ourselves in the same way. Remember this community is an international community so try to see the world through others eyes.
- Listen before you post – ensure you understand the context before posting, be patient, civil and respectful.
- Be discreet – It is important to retain professional confidentiality at all times, phrase comments in such a way that individuals cannot be identified from them.
- Offer helpful advice and comment on current practice.
- Keep your profile up to date.
- Respect copyright – If you quote from another source please clearly cite the source.
- Provide details that identify individual cases when discussing professional issues.
- Make unwarranted criticism, abusive or libellous comments.
- Include personal contact information in posts.
- Openly advertise your services or the services of others you are associated with.
- Post any content which may put CIPD in legal jeopardy.
- Ask your peers to complete your assignment or write your staff handbook on your behalf.