How can we champion better work and working lives, now and into the future?
Support, develop, inspire
Our new Professional Standards Framework will create clear standards for people professionals at every level, but will also define an international gold standard for Chartered members. The framework will set out the knowledge and behaviours which will help us to champion better work and working lives in all we do, whether we are dealing with a request for maternity cover, campaigning to change attitudes in flexible working, transforming an organisation’s culture or looking for ways to develop our unique knowledge and expertise.
In short, it will support people professionals to make confident choices, develop them throughout their careers, and inspire them for the future.
We want you to help us shape the future of our profession, no matter where in the world you live and work. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest in future events and focus groups.
One of the easiest ways to get involved, wherever you are, is online. So tell us:
- What kind of support will you need to uphold our principles in your daily work?
- How do you balance the needs of all your stakeholders – from workers to shareholders to the organisation itself? And what challenges do you face?
- What do you do to ensure people have a meaningful voice in matters that affect them?
- What impact do you make as a people professional?
Getting to the heart of what it means to be a professional
Our research has defined what it means to be a people professional, not just in terms of knowledge, but in terms of integrity, character, behaviour and the ability to draw on our unique expertise to make good judgements. Our new framework will build on that research, pulling all those areas into one coherent structure which will have our professional principles at its heart.
Principles-led, evidence-based, outcomes-driven
Principles enable us to make good decisions based on a clear purpose. As the world of work evolves, we’ll encounter more and more situations which are completely new and might not fit under our current policies, processes and rules. There are also plenty of situations where you can follow the rules, but not do the ‘right’ thing. Principles trust us to use our situational judgement to make that call, focusing on what we stand for and believe in, which is why they're at the heart of the Professional Standards Framework.
The Professional Standards Framework will help us base our decisions on strong evidence, and dispel the myth that evidence is about hard numbers alone. Evidence should combine:
- data which gives meaningful insights into your workforce
- a deep understanding of human psychology and behaviour
- learning from the relationships we have with people from around the business
- outside evidence, such as independent research and surveys.
A central idea of the new Professional Standards Framework is that work must balance economic needs with social accountability. It will consider impact in terms of the organisations we work for, workers and wider society, guiding people professionals to be driven by human outcomes alongside business ones.
In March 2017, we brought together a diverse group of people to share their ideas on the CIPD’s standards and the future of the profession.
Our fundamental beliefs as a profession, representing who we are and what we stand for