News in Brief March 2019

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Are We Really Entering The Age of Insubordination?

IPA's Derek Luckhurst responds to an article positing a rise in workplace insubordination. Has a flattening of workplace hierarchies and turning managers into coaches really led to a growth of dissent? And is this something to be concerned about, or to welcome? Read more

Progressive politicians must not allow workers to be left behind by the future of work

IPA's Head of Policy & Research, Patrick Brione, outlines a vision of a progressive industrial strategy, to address the economic malaise and sense of being 'left behind' that has been identified as one of the prime causes of Brexit. With new technologies, changing workplace organisation and stagnating wages, he argues, there is lots of work to be done. Read more

News in Brief February 2019

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The search for meaningfulness at work

In this article Dr Ruth Yeoman discusses the new Oxford Handbook of Meaningful Work and the increased attention being paid to the importance of meaning and purpose in the workplace. She talks about the definition and value of meaningfulness at work and how we can all work to bring it about. Read more

Don’t neglect voice of engaged workers in new ICE arrangements

IPA's Training and Development Director, Derek Luckhurst, discusses the upcoming reduction in the ICE threshold needed for a request to set up consultation arrangements. From his experience in supporting employee voice, he makes clear that in order for such arrangements to be successful, they need to properly represent the views of all employees - not just the minority who are disengaged. Read more

News in Brief January 2019

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Employee Involvement can help solve the productivity puzzle, but requires a wholesale change in HRM

Increasing attention is being given to better management as part of the solution to Britain’s productivity puzzle, but there still remains a danger of insufficient attention being paid to the human factor. To address this, Professor Stephen Wood in this article discusses the launch of his new IPA Report on the concept of high-involvement design - an approach that combines role-involvement with more strategic organisational-involvement at the heart of Human Resource Management (HRM). Read more

How trade unions need to adapt to a changing workforce

Kate Dearden of the union Community outlines the big changes that are happening to the workforce in the UK with the growth of self-employment at the gig economy. These shifts pose a major challenge to traditional trade union models of workforce representation, but ultimately, workers in these new sectors still need collective support as much as ever. As she lays out, trade unions will need to adapt themselves to these new practices in order to continue to fulfil their purpose in the years ahead Read more

News in Brief December 2018

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New corporate governance rules open door to greater employee voice

Patrick Brione, IPA's Head of Policy & Research, discusses the new FRC code coming into force on 1st January 2019. In particular, the change in rules around employee voice at board level, along with changes to I&C regulations announced by the government, offer a major opportunity to improve corporate governance arrangements across the UK - an opportunity which Patrick argues should not be squandered. Read more