CIPD Manchester Branch February Newsletter 2020

People considerations for Brexit

Transitional arrangements governing the UK’s exit from the EU are now in place until 31 December 2020, as longer-term trade and immigration arrangements are worked out.

While a no-deal Brexit remains a technical possibility (if a trade agreement between the UK and the EU is not agreed before the end of this transition) immediate considerations for employers and people practitioners should focus on retaining staff, and preparing them to meet any future legal requirements regarding their continuing right to work in the UK.

Learn about the people implications and actions you may need to take to prepare for Brexit in the following situations:

  • UK firms with EU employees
  • UK firms recruiting from EU
  • UK employees in the EU
  • Travel to the EU for work
  • Travel from the EU for work
  • Crossing the Irish border for work

​Visit the Brexit Hub to learn more.

New profession map

8 free online learning courses for members

As you may well know, the CIPD launched its new Profession Map in November 2018. This sets out very clearly what it means to be an effective HR and L&D professional – it challenges us to ensure that our skills, knowledge and behaviours are up-to-date and also to keep sharpening them. The Map is at the foundation of moving our profession forward and helping us to meet the challenges we face in our day to day working lives. Explore the new Profession Map 

In the last fortnight, the CIPD has announced the exciting news of a suite of short free-to-members courses, to develop our capabilities to meet the eight behaviours identified as core within the new Profession Map. These have been produced in response to demand from members.

These eight courses are available through the CIPD website and are made up of short session comprised of a select collection of videos, articles to read, activities to do, reflection and conversation with fellow members via the CIPD online communities. The materials bring each of the behaviours to live and enable you to benchmark yourself against them and stretch yourself further. I have been impressed by the quality of the materials and their ease of access. CIPD members are already working their way through these materials and sharing their reflections on them. 

This new learning content will be a great resource to support us in our professional development and fits with the idea of self-directed learning. You can easily tap into the materials and access them when and where you want. I have already heard HR managers talking enthusiastically about how they can encourage their team members to use these courses as part of their on-going development. 

I am delighted to have been asked to be a Learning Champion for this new learning content and so I have been exploring the materials for myself already.

Why not see what this learning content looks like for yourself? Help to spread the word with colleagues and tell us what you think.

Rachel Burnham 
CIPD Manchester Vice-Chair and L&D Lead

We’d like your input

Solo HR Practitioners

We will shortly relaunch our Solo HR Practitioner group for stand-alone HR professionals. We have a few ideas in mind as to what might interest you, but we’d also like to hear your ideas.

Please take our poll and view the results as they progress.

If you are the sole source of HR expertise in your organisation and would like to join other stand-alone HR professionals for networking, knowledge-sharing and talks, you can request an application form by emailing us.

Flexible Working

We are actively planning our new Flexible Working events and would value your input on what matters to you.

  • Building the Business Case?
  • Overcoming Senior Leadership Reluctance
  • Case Studies
  • Implementation Support

Please take our quick poll to vote for your prefered themes. You can select all those relevant to your role and add suggestions.

New events

Diversity management that works!

A common challenge when designing diversity and inclusion (D&I) interventions is knowing where to start. 

  • Should people professionals tackle recruitment bias through training programmes?
  • What about building an inclusive leadership culture?
  • How about plugging the vast gaps in monitoring data?

Join us for evidence into practice programme recommendations on how to implement diversity management that works. 


Organisational Development Conference

Creating & Sustaining High-Performing Organisations

  • What are the key elements of a high performing organisation in 2020?
  • How can one be sustained in an environment of ever-increasing change?

Our one-day conference seeks to address these questions by exploring:

  • the critical roles
  • active engagement,
  • people development,
  • inclusive leadership practices

and the recognition that living in a VUCA world can play in shaping the practices, and ultimately the performance of an organisation.


Come and network with us

CIPD Blogs: Networking

Networking has become a key skill for business, making it essential for people professions. But for some, networking is a daunting prospect.

How to Network, is the latest blog post from CIPD Senior Stakeholder Lead, Katie Jacobs, and offers tips on how to approach, participate and even enjoy networking events. 

Read Katie Jacob’s blog »


Is spotlighting strengths the way to success?

Not just another fad .. taking a strengths-based approach and reframing failure to influence outcomes positively.

Read the research »

That’s all from us this month

Thank you for continuing to subscribe to our newsletter. Feel free to email us your thoughts and join us on Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Later this month we’ll be rolling out our new look branch showcase page on the CIPD website, with new and interactive content including all the latest from us across our social media channels, direct links to our next events and updates on our special interest groups.

Enjoy exploring the CIPD’s new free online learning courses.

CIPD Manchester Branch

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