HR and OD must get used to 'interesting times'

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14 Dec 2012

The Institute for Employment Studies (IES) today launches its annual HR Year Ahead publication, a fresh collection of short essays tackling the big issues facing HR and OD in 2013.

The series of essays offers practical guidance around key issues such as engagement, innovation, HR's relationship to the line, change and fostering new behaviours.

Peter Reilly, Director of HR Research and Consultancy at IES, comments:

‘We still live in interesting times. It's no accident that we have picked change as the unifying theme for this series of thought leadership pieces, as it remains the foremost challenge being faced by organisations and their HR teams. From boosting engagement to encouraging valuable innovation, the HR function needs to step up a gear in the next twelve months and really get to grips with an ever-altering world. By doing this, it will be seen as a partner to the business, not simply a service function.’

Topics covered in IES Perspectives on the HR Year Ahead 2013, include:

  • Building OD capability: learning how to swim and fly
  • Employee engagement: what next?
  • Influencing people to behave in different ways
  • The talent management journey: a four stage approach
  • Innovating work
  • Getting the HR/line balance right in people management
  • Cost control versus pay progression
  • Delivering strategy through flexible working

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Notes to editor

Peter Reilly, Director HR Research and Consultancy, is available for interview and individual comment and articles on the Year Ahead topics via Amy Murphy on the contact details below.

The Institute for Employment Studies is the UK's leading independent centre for research and evidence-based consultancy in employment, labour market and human resource policy and practice. It is apolitical and not-for-profit, its activities being funded through research and consultancy commissions, and from its corporate membership programme. The Institute aims to improve employment policy in the UK and internationally by carrying out authoritative research of practical relevance to policy makers and those responsible for implementing policy programmes and initiatives