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CIPD URGES EMPLOYERS TO OFFER MORE MENOPAUSE SUPPORT

Three out of five (59%) working women between the ages of 45 and 55 who are experiencing menopause symptoms say it has a negative impact on them at work, according to the CIPD. It’s urging employers to break the workplace taboo on the topic and offer more support, ranging from having a desk fan to accessing flexible working. The CIPD’s research surveyed 1,409 women with menopause symptoms. Of those affected negatively at work, 65% said they were less able to concentrate, 58% that they experienced more stress and 52% that they felt less patient with clients and colleagues. Thirty per […]

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BUSINESSES COMMITTED TO PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

Employers are prioritising professional development over the next two years. Research from the CIPD and LCP reveals that professional development is the top benefit employers plan to increase funding to over the next two years, followed by health and well-being. In the latest Reward Management report, 568 HR practitioners were surveyed about their organisation’s benefits provision. Respondents said they are most likely to increase investment in professional development (43%), which includes training, paid study leave and professional subscriptions. Some 29% were planning on investing more in health and well-being, including employee assistance programmes. The research also reveals that one in […]

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EMPLOYERS MUST WORK HARDER TO EMBED DIVERSITY

Industry commentators warn that the UK Government’s measures to boost Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) employees’ career progression are set to fail unless employers choose to play ball, changing how they develop such staff, for example. The government’s moves include obliging employers to disclose their race pay gap statistics, the Race at Work Charter giving businesses a clear set of actions to work towards to create greater opportunities for BAMEs, and consultation open until January 2019, asking employers what type of ethnicity pay information employers should report to allow meaningful action. David Clutterbuck, co-founder of the EMCC and a […]

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CIPD FINDS 49% OF UK WORKERS WRONGLY SKILLED

There’s a widespread skills mismatch between employees and jobs in the UK, while Britain’s workers are trailing behind counterparts elsewhere when it comes to being creative. Almost half (49%) of UK workers are in jobs they are either under- or over-skilled for, according to the CIPD’s report Over-skilled and Underused: Investigating the Untapped Potential of UK Skills, which surveyed 3,700 UK employees. A quarter (24%) of respondents said they hadn’t received training/development in the last year, with older employees, low wage workers, those on part-time contracts and the self-employed most likely to say this. Lizzie Crowley, skills adviser at the […]

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CIPD: CIVIL SERVICE STRENGTHS FOCUS IS ‘A BIG SHIFT’

Focusing on strengths rather than weaknesses is more likely to boost performance, according to research from the CIPD. The findings of the research with the UK Civil Service won’t come as a surprise to advocates of a strengths-based approach, but as Jonny Gifford, senior research adviser for organisational behaviour at the CIPD, said, “The strengths-based approach marks a big shift in mindset for many, if not most of us.” The CIPD research centred on workplace interventions in Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the National Offender Management Service (NOMS, now called Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service) and the Valuation […]

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CIPD MANIFESTO FOR WORK URGES FOCUS ON SKILLS

The CIPD has called on the UK government to support investment in skills for all, particularly future-relevant skills and lifelong learning. In its Manifesto for Work, launched in May, the CIPD called on the government to support investment in skills, lifelong learning and improvements in employee wellbeing and engagement by reforming the apprenticeship levy as a broader training levy, and encouraging much greater support for and focus on lifelong learning. The CIPD also called on the government to rebuild trust between all stakeholders through better governance and remove the focus from short-term profit; promote inclusive practice that allows better access […]

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CIPD: HR MAY BE OVERSTATING OWN EMPLOYERS’ TALENTS

Many professionals fudge the facts to make their organisation look good, finds research by the CIPD. Hundreds of teachers and IT and HR professionals withhold or misrepresent the truth to cast their organisation in a good light. The report finds that HR professionals tend to identify more strongly with their employer than the wider profession, which could explain the gap between ambition and practice when behaving ethically at work. http://bit.ly/2kiTpC7

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ILM: LEADERS NEED COACHING SKILLS POST-BREXIT

By Liz Hall In the wake of the EU referendum, businesses need to equip leaders with core skills, including coaching, according to the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). John Yates, group director, ILM, urged businesses not to “feel disheartened by the impending upheaval, but invigorated to shake things up, challenge the status quo and ensure our organisations are fully equipped and relevant for the future. Nowhere is this more apparent than with leadership”. The ILM’s Addressing the Leadership Lag manifesto highlights a lack of leadership quality, and of leaders that employees can trust and be inspired by. It recommends […]

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CIPD BREXIT SURVEY: 44% OF WORKERS ‘PESSIMISTIC’

The CIPD is urging employers to do more to support workers anxious about the UK’s decision to leave the EU, and not to cut back on training and development at this time, after a survey underlined high levels of pessimism about the future. Public sector workers, voluntary sector workers and young workers are feeling particularly pessimistic about the future as a result of the UK’s vote to leave the EU, according to the survey by the CIPD of more than 1,000 working adults. The survey asked workers questions including how they felt about the future post-Brexit. Some 44% overall said […]

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CIPD report: Asia raises skills through coaching

By Liz Hall Coaching and mentoring are gaining prominence as ways to raise skills in Asia, according to a report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management. Coaching and mentoring are the most cited methods of raising skills (57 per cent of respondents). Raising skills is a priority for 88 per cent of 1,088 respondent organisations from across Hong Kong, China, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan. Meanwhile, coaching by line managers is considered the most effective learning and development approach (32 per cent), followed by in-house development programmes (29 […]

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