The CIPD’s purpose is to champion better work and working lives – to create good work for the benefit of individuals, employers, the economy, and society. This is no doubt a big ambition, and one that can only be achieved by gaining a clear understanding of the following:

  • The challenges preventing individuals from thriving at work
  • The challenges preventing organisations from valuing and investing in their people
  • The challenges preventing organisations from valuing and investing in solutions that will improve their people management and development practices.

Our purpose also depends on public policymakers having the evidence they need to design interventions which help or encourage employers to tackle the big issues – whether it’s a lack of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, falling investment in skills development, our ageing workforce, or persistent issues around stress, bullying and harassment. 

Here, we set out our collected perspective on a range of critical issues impacting work, outlining our calls to action for employers and Government on the changes needed by public policy and people management and development practices on the ground. 

In each point of view we identify what the problem is – based on the evidence and our recommendations – for both employers and policymakers. We also provide links to our evidence base (our research and guidance), as well as details of how you can get involved to ensure that your voice helps shape the CIPD’s views and knowledge as we continue to advocate the changes needed to champion better work and working lives. 

Age-diverse workforces

Apprenticeships and investment in training

Automation, AI and technology

Brexit and future immigration policy

Bullying and harassment

Corporate governance and transparent reporting

Disability at work

Employee health and wellbeing

Employee voice

Employment status, rights and regulation

Essential skills

Executive pay

Flexible working uptake

Gender equality at work

Job quality

Low pay and financial wellbeing

Organisational culture

People analytics

Productivity and people management

Race inclusion in the workplace

Religion and belief

Responsible business

Sexual orientation, gender identity and gender reassignment

Technical education