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Unravelling the complications of a new public holiday

By  28 Feb, 2022 18:43

Mary Connaughton, Director, CIPD Ireland There was good news for employees earlier this year, with the announcement of an extra public holiday In Ireland on 18 March 2022, along with a new annual public holiday for Imbolc/St. Brigid’s Day...

Now is the time for employers to take action on in-work poverty

By  22 Feb, 2022 11:50

Morgan Bestwick, Policy and Partnerships Officer (Work), Joseph Rowntree Foundation For too many people, jobs are not working. Work should offer a clear route out of poverty , yet the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF)’s most recent UK Poverty rep...

Ramping up people professionals’ skills

By  15 Feb, 2022 04:00

Gill Maxwell, Research Advisor, CIPD. Organisational responses to COVID-19 have sparked people professionals’ upskilling The COVID-19 context has dominated the world of work for the last two years, igniting widespread changes in workplaces...

Wirral Borough Council: Providing quality employment opportunities for young people

By  7 Feb, 2022 09:29

Beth Wilson, Organisational Development Officer, Wirral Borough Council. At Wirral Borough Council, we strive to make a positive difference for all our residents and communities in Wirral, this is at the heart of what we do. Our employees lead t...

What can organisations and people managers learn from Nusrat Ghani MP and Azeem Rafiq’s story?

By  7 Feb, 2022 01:05

By Lutfur Ali, Senior Policy Advisor at the CIPD. Nusrat Ghani said that in February 2020, a government whip told her "Muslimness was raised as an issue" when she was removed from her Ministerial job. She was told that her “Muslimness was...

Stepping up the employee experience

By  4 Feb, 2022 10:16

Gill Maxwell, Research Advisor, CIPD. Improvements in the employee experience underpin retentionIn 2022, the people profession is still very much in the organisational spotlight in managing ongoing changes to working practices. The CIPD has anal...

Easing of restrictions in workplaces: the Transitional Protocol

By  2 Feb, 2022 09:47

Mary Connaughton, Director, CIPD Ireland It’s a mark of changing times to read the government’s Transitional Protocol: Good Practice Guidance for Continuing to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 for workplaces published on 31 January 2022. Do...

Is there really a return to the office? - In conversation with HR leaders in Ireland

By  1 Feb, 2022 18:30

Mary Connaughton, Director, CIPD Ireland. As we continue to cope with the unpredictable path of COVID-19, organisations and employees remain adaptable in their responses. A growing number of companies are holding off plans for office re-ope...

The design of buildings and organisational culture: The Scottish Parliament

By  1 Feb, 2022 11:59

By Sabina Siebert and Kevin Orr The 20th anniversary of the Scottish Parliament offered an excellent opportunity to take stock of the work of Parliament and its wider impact, but also to consider Parliament as an organisation and workplace. As busin...

Looking ahead to the 2022 NI Assembly election

By  1 Feb, 2022 11:57

By Marek Zemanik – Senior Public Policy Adviser. It has been a tumultuous five years in Northern Ireland. The first three of these were marked by the collapse of the Assembly amid disagreements over power-sharing and policy. Then, ...

What to expect from this year’s CIPD Student Conference

By  1 Feb, 2022 11:52

Daphne Doody-Green, Head of CIPD Northern England. CIPD Student Members invited to join for free I’m delighted to be chairing this year’s online CIPD Student Conference on Saturday 2 April, which CIPD Student Members are invited...

Four ways to being an effective ally

By  1 Feb, 2022 10:16

Lutfur Ali, Senior Policy Advisor, CIPD. Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) are increasingly becoming a top priority for organisations. Whatever the stimulus or motivation there is now a growing recognition that EDI is not just simply the r...

Neurodiversity – is your organisation missing out?

By  28 Jan, 2022 09:32

Lutfur Ali, Senior Policy Advisor, CIPD. By looking at my seven-year-old you may not be able to tell, but his brain functions very differently. If you were to meet him, you’d probably notice that beyond his ‘normal’ looks he do...

Employment law updates: Employment Bill, COVID-19 claims, changing T&Cs

By  17 Dec, 2021 16:08

By Jill Evans, Law Content Analyst. The government has announced new minimum wage rates for 2022 but has not said when the long-awaited Employment Bill will be published. The Bill is expected, among other measures, to: Make flexible working th...

Northern Ireland Civil Service is taking action against domestic and sexual abuse

By  7 Dec, 2021 12:37

Domestic abuse has an impact at work where it can negatively affect those who are abused as well as their colleagues. The CIPD and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) recently produced a guide for employers for managing and supporti...

An insight into the future of the profession - the student voice

By  6 Dec, 2021 14:51

Peter Cheese, Chief Executive, CIPD. When we consider the future of the people profession, it’s important we engage with and listen to those coming into the profession. Students studying for CIPD qualifications will bring new expectations, idea...

Marking Carers Rights Day in Scotland

By  24 Nov, 2021 08:00

This blog was written jointly by Marek Zemanik, Senior Public Policy Adviser at the CIPD in Scotland, and Paul Traynor, Head of External Affairs at Carers Trust Scotland 25 November 2021 marks the annual Carers Rights Day. Its purpose is to hel...

Paying the real Living Wage is the right thing to do, but the business benefits are clear too

By  15 Nov, 2021 13:27

By Charles Cotton, Senior Policy Adviser for Reward at the CIPD. In the UK, it’s Living Wage Week (15-19 November), The Living Wage Foundation has announced the new rates for its voluntary ‘real Living Wage’ and is celebrating...

Peabody: Helping young people find a career where they excel

By  8 Nov, 2021 13:44

Harry Clucas, Community and Mobilisation, Peabody. Our focus is to help young people find a career where they excel. We offer this through a range of mediums such as in-house kickstart placements, funding and training to...

National Stress Awareness Day

By  2 Nov, 2021 11:24

National Stress Awareness Day provides an opportunity to increase public awareness and help people recognise, manage and reduce stress in their personal and professional lives. This blog has been written by Olivia Carson, Public Affairs Officer...

Northumbrian Water Group: Creating an opportunity-driven culture

By  1 Nov, 2021 09:21

Northumbrian Water Limited supplies 2.7 million customers in the North East with both water and sewerage services, trading as Northumbrian Water, and 1.8 million customers in the South East with water services, trading as Essex &a...

Updated Fair Work First Guidance

By  1 Nov, 2021 08:05

By Marek Zemanik, Senior Public Policy Adviser The impact of the pandemic on nearly all aspects of our personal and working lives will be felt for years to come. In the world of work, both employees and employers had to quickly learn to navigate new...

MTR Elizabeth line: Transforming travel in London

By  28 Oct, 2021 08:00

Alison Bell, People and Culture Director, MTR Elizabeth line. When the new Elizabeth line opens it will provide a fast, frequent service linking the east and west through the heart of London, improving customer journey times and increasing ...

Helping workplaces stay active

By  21 Oct, 2021 10:29

Carl Greenwood, Senior Development Officer, Paths for All. Keeping physically active in-and-around the working day has lots of benefits for both employees and employers. Staff who are physically active are more productive, take fewer sick days, and a...

William Hare: Bridging the engineering skills gap with the next generation

By  21 Oct, 2021 06:00

Ceri Travers, Organisational Development & Early Careers Manager, William Hare in Bury, Greater Manchester. William Hare is a global leader in engineered solutions. It is crucial for us to attract and retain young talent as 48% of ...