Tags: Employee

Should a company’s management and HR departments opt to introduce a pay freeze, they must demonstrate the benefits of such a course of action right across the board, one commentator has explained. Phil Flaxton, chief executive of Workwise UK, said this was one way of ensuring that employee relations remain positive amid the downturn. However,…

A spokesperson for the Institute for Employment Studies has suggested employee satisfaction does not come and go depending on the economy. The representative’s comments come after a new survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) found workplace contentment has continued to climb since 2006, despite the current recession. According to the organisation’s…

Rising public outrage at employers has led to kidnappings, marches and strikes in France – a country with a long tradition of labor unrest. Yesterday, workers at a Caterpillar factory in Grenoble held four managers hostage and demanded further talks over redundancy measures. The head of human resources, the factory director and two other managers…

The concept of overtime no longer applies to many employees whose careers do not adhere to "a strict time schedule". That is according to Mike Emmott, employee relations adviser for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Mr Emmott explained that "the lines between work and play are blurred" because many employees think about…

The Government has done much to improve the regulation of relations between employers and employees and has introduced important new protections for vulnerable employees. Analysis by Sarah Veale, Head of Equality and Employment Rights Department, Trades Union Congress.

The Chartered Institute for Personnel Development (CIPD) has launched two courses to help human resources (HR) managers cope with challenges in the economic crisis. Practical Employee Relations provides managers with the tools to handle worker relations and strikes in unionised and non-unionised workplaces. The second course, Managing Redundancy, offers the legal knowledge and skills to…

Smart working can help to improve business performance, according to the vast majority of respondents to a survey by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD). Some 92 per cent of businesses questioned said smart working – which focuses on output rather than input – can boost staff engagement and increase productivity. Furthermore, 97…

Companies are not embracing mediation as a means of resolving workplace disputes, it has been suggested. According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), almost three-fifths of organisations surveyed had never used the technique to help manage conflict. However, of the firms that do utilise mediation, over 80 per cent reported that it…

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has spoken out in favour of the UK’s opt out of the European Union (EU) working time directive. According to Louise Morgan, senior policy adviser in the employer and employee relations team at the CBI, the move means that staff have kept the right to choose their own working…

A new report has been published which aims to provide managers with information and guidance to enable them to reduce workplace stress. Jointly funded by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the Health and Safety Executive and Investors in People, the research is part of a three-year project looking at how management behaviours…

Following reports that the government is planning to extend the right to request flexible working to parents of children aged up to 12, calls have been made for it to go further. According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the Labour administration should be "bolder" and extend the right to request to…

With this week (April 21st-26th) representing Depression Awareness Week, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has taken the opportunity to highlight the issue of mental ill health at work. According to research conducted by the organisation in 2006, poor mental health is the second largest cause of lost time due to sickness absence…

The revisions to the UK’s sick note system recently suggested by the government have been welcomed by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Employee relations advisor at the organisation Ben Willmott stated that there needs to be alterations in the procedure and that laying emphasis on what individuals could do in instead of focusing…