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HR news round-up – Weds 8 Nov 2017

By November 8, 2017 No Comments

Good afternoon – here are the main news headlines relating to HR and employment law today. Click the titles to see the full articles.

 

Best UK city to live and work in revealed – HR Grapevine

A report has found the fastest improving city in the UK, following a ranking from Demos-PwC’s ‘Good Growth for Cities’ index for 2017.

City AM reports that northern cities are now catching up with their southern relatives, with Birmingham topping the list as the best city to live and work in. By looking into factors such as wellbeing and public regard for career success, the report listed Leeds second and Leicester third.

 

Whistleblowers deterred by company culture – HR Magazine

Workplace cultures are still deterring large numbers of employees from whistleblowing, according to research from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Freshfields).

However, whistleblowing is becoming a more standardised practice in workplaces around the world, with less employees deterred than in previous years, the research found.

The 2017 survey of 2,500 business managers across the US, Asia and Europe found that only 13% now claim that their employers are discouraging whistleblowing. This contrasts with the 2014 survey, in which 40% of business managers reported this.

 

HR needs the confidence to challenge, says CIPD’s Peter Cheese – CIPD

The rise of populism and the ongoing scandals surrounding sexual harassment in the workplace mean it has never been more important for HR professionals to have a voice in high-level discussions inside organisations, CIPD chief executive Peter Cheese told delegates as he opened the organisation’s Annual Conference and Exhibition today.

As the curtain rose on the 70th Annual Conference in Manchester, Cheese drew a parallel between the desire for nationalised industries to become better employers that first led to the development of modern HR, and the ongoing need to promote what he called ‘good work’ in the modern world.

 

Businesses expect to increase investment in diversity – CIPD

More than a third of hiring decision-makers at UK organisations (35 per cent) expect to increase investment in diversity and inclusion initiatives, according to a new study by Glassdoor.

The employer review site surveyed 750 hiring decision-makers in the UK and US and found that employers were increasingly placing a higher value on diversity and inclusion programmes, with 59 per cent reporting that a lack of investment in diversity and inclusion was a barrier to attracting high-quality candidates.

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