News in Brief October 2018

A summary of this month's employment news.Read more

Cyber security risk for employers with low engagement

In this article IPA's Patrick Brione discusses the major threat companies face from their own disengaged workforces when it comes to cyber security. In the light of a recent court ruling which could make companies liable for data breaches committed by malicious employees, it is more important than ever that companies have a joined up approach to cyber security, including a strong focus on employee engagement to combat insider threat.Read more

News in Brief September 2018

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Personal appraisal success depends on frequent feedback and good standard setting

In this article Professor Stephen Wood of the University of Leicester discusses his latest research into appraisal of employees. He demonstrates that regular feedback and a set of clearly defined standards go a long way towards improving the quality of employee appraisals. He discusses the importance of a sense of due process and making sure that the appraisal process is seen as fair by all concerned.Read more

Labour offers a radical vision for corporate governance

IPA's Patrick Brione discusses two radical policy proposals put forward by the Labour Party at their annual conference this month that, taken together, could transform corporate governance in the UK. The first would mandate employers to appoint employee directors to make up a third of all boards, while the second would require firms to transfer 10% of their shares to employees over a 10 year period.Read more

Gareth Southgate – A Leader Who Fulfils the Four Pillars of Employee Engagement

Reflecting on England's performance at the recent World Cup, Derek Luckhurst examines claims of Gareth Southgate's leadership qualities. By considering to what extent Southgate embodies the four pillars of employee engagement, Derek sets out how his career can offer useful lessons for managers and leaders in other organisations.Read more

News in Brief July 2018

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How pay ratio reporting could reduce pay disparities

Luke Hildyard of the High Pay Centre writes about new pay ratio reporting requirements passed into law last month and due to come into force early next year. He assesses the current problems with high pay inequality in the UK and how these new requirements might help curb excessive executive pay and a lead towards a fairer pay culture.Read more

Gender pay reporting regulations – How transparency can help tackle inequality

In this article, Joe Dromey of IPPR looks at the impact that the gender pay reporting regulations have had and how they might help in closing the gender pay gap going forwards. He also discusses how the regulations could be used as a model for increasing transparency in other areas to drive change and reduce inequalities.Read more

What does good work mean for the self-employed?

Imogen Farhan of IPSE writes about the rise of self-employment and a need to focus on what good work looks like for the self-employed as well as for employees. Previewing the IPA report for IPSE on the subject due out in July, she points out that the self-employed care about far more than money, and other areas, such as developing skills and good client relationships are key to self-employed workers' satisfaction. She also highlights some of the poor client behaviours that need tackling.Read more

News in Brief June 2018

A summary of this month's employment news.Read more

Employee Experience Vs. Engagement, Are These Really the 3 Things You Should Start Thinking About Now?

In this article, IPA Training and Development Director Derek Luckhurst responds to the popular article by Sturt & Nordstrom about the debate over the difference between employee engagement vs employee experience. In contrast to Sturt & Norstrom's contention that employee engagement is a completely top-down phenomenon, Derek draws on his years of experience supporting employee engagement to argue how it can be a broader and more effective concept than others might think.Read more

Why unions help with big change

Sir Brendan Barber, Acas Chair, sets out the compelling case for employers to work together in partnership with trade unions, to help support and guide the workforce through major change programmes and achieve successful outcomes for both management and workforce, to help adapt workplaces to a fast changing world.Read more

News in Brief Spring 2018

A summary of recent employment news.Read more

News in Brief March 2018

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Work-life balance supports can improve employee well-being

Professor Stephen Wood outlines new research on how supporting employees work-life balance can enhance their well-being, both through increasing their autonomy and also boosting their sense that managers are supportive, caring and fair.Read more

It’s All About Inclusivity – But What Does It Really Mean?

In this article, Derek Luckhurst tackles some of the key questions around inclusivity at work. Can the language around diversity itself be a barrier to achieving an inclusive workforce? And, in the light of recent gender pay gap revelations, what are the unconscious attitudes and biases that need to be tackled in order to achieve gender pay equity?Read more

Job Crafting – a work phenomenon that management needs to know about!

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. (Confucius)Read more

News in Brief February 2018

A summary of this month's employment news.Read more

Dealing with the Introduction of New Technologies

Are staff and trade union representatives typically sufficiently prepared to engage in high-level, strategic discussions about the connections between the introduction of new workplace technologies and employment relations? Even if they are, are businesses likely to invite them to contribute to the discussions and at what stage in the organisation’s thinking?Read more

Working Well: preview of IPA publication on good work

On 8th February, IPA will be launching our report on Good Work, to coincide with the government's response to the Taylor Review. This publication draws together 16 expert perspectives on what good work means, why it matters and how to bring it about.Read more

News in Brief January 2018

This month's round up of the top stories impacting the workplace.Read more

How are the pressures on the NHS impacting staff?

In this article, Andrew Foster, Chief Executive at Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, discusses how pressures on the NHS are impacting staff.Read more