Entries by Richard MacKinnon

Why have people lost trust in experts?

By Dr. Richard A. MacKinnon – Insight Director The CIPD is launching a new initiative exploring the topic of employee voice called “The Future of Voice” and the Future Work Centre is delighted to be participating. As they put it: “Having a meaningful voice is critical to better work experience and better outcomes of work. […]

No more night time email?

Legislation passed in France made it into the UK press this month, as it focuses on employees’ use of email outside working hours. The story has been reported in a variety of ways, from horror that employees can ‘ignore’ their email, to broader considerations of how technology is making it increasingly difficult to leave work […]

HR Analytics: Useful insight or data fishing trips?

By Dr Richard MacKinnon, Insight Director I was delighted to share the Future Work Centre perspective on HR Analytics at this year’s CIPD HR Analytics conference in London earlier this week. My thanks again to the CIPD for the invitation to speak. The day was a game of two halves, with a presentation in the […]

Predicting the future of work

By Dr Richard MacKinnon Introduction I was delighted to be invited to speak at this year’s CIPD Annual Conference in Manchester, taking part in two panel discussions about the future of work and technology’s role in that future. In fact, the topic was a popular one at the conference and it got me thinking about […]

Thinking of ditching email? Read this first.

The “no email” trend seems to be taking off – but we’re not convinced. Is abandoning it the right response to our growing frustration with email? Or could we just learn to use it better?  Why no email? Writers in the press have recently lauded a new ‘no email’ movement, where members eschew email in […]

Reconsidering the performance review

The annual performance review is something that remains memorable to managers and their teams – sometimes for all the wrong reasons! Managers often question the workload involved in rating the performance of their direct reports, while the recipients of the review sometimes question the fairness and accuracy of the process. And yet, we continue to […]

Leadership development: some worrying disconnects

A recent post from HR Magazine – Leadership development ‘disconnected’ from business needs – caught our eye and got us thinking about how leadership development methods are viewed by organisations. The article references the 2015 Leadership Survey by Mercer, where 81% of organisations surveyed fail to calculate the return on investment made in leadership development. […]

Beyond the ‘happy sheet’

It’s the end of the financial year and your CEO corners you in the lift and asks: ‘How’s that £2 million training programme going? What impact has it had on our productivity?’ Would you be able to answer? UK businesses invest significant sums of money in training and development every year – investment that should […]

How to tame your inbox

In our series of blog posts on the topic of email, we’ve outlined why and how email can simultaneously be a great communication tool and a source of frustration and stress. You’ve probably experienced this at some point at work; taking a deep breath before opening your email application, or worrying about how your inbox […]

Why one-size-fits-all solutions don’t work for email

It’s the end of a long working day full of meetings and, just before you leave your office, you realise you haven’t responded to an email from a key client. Feeling slightly guilty, you head back to your desk and spend the next few minutes writing them an apology and answering their various questions. Breathing […]