Blogs

What is good work, and can it be encouraged?

Peter Cheese, Chief Executive of the CIPD, looks at the quality of work and how it can be improved for the benefit of both employees and companies.

The idea of looking at good work is not new but as we venture into a more uncertain future of work with the impact of new developing technology it’s said to be time to focus.

He defines good work as “Good work is work that is engaging, gives people a voice, treats them fairly, is good for their wellbeing, and helps them to progress. It should be positive for individuals, but also lead to wider positive organisational and economic outcomes: higher levels of productivity and output, and greater innovation and adaptability.”

Amongst the G20 nations the UK ranks rather low for productivity, we are also seeing a growth of work-related stress and engagement surveys are revealing worrying results. “Good work should result in positive individual outcomes, and there is plenty of evidence that points to the relationship between wellbeing and engagement to productivity and creativity, and more broadly overall wellness and longevity.”

Good work should be the real theme in addressing challenges and generating opportunities to create better working lives. More flexible working opportunities as well as considering pay and reward are crucial for many working professionals to ensure a working balance.

To make good progress around the idea of good work, we need to encourage it for both organisations and employees. “There will be critical areas that government can positively influence, from skills investment to improving careers advice and guidance.” But the responsibility for creating good work must lie with the organisation.

How do you think HR and L&D people can contribute to good work?

To read the full article from Peter Cheese, click here.

You need to be a member of DPG Community to add comments!

Join DPG Community

What's Happening?

Matilda Swanson updated their profile
3 hours ago
Hannah Loomes and Mike Collins are now connected
16 hours ago
Lois Buxton and Kelly Dodd are now connected
18 hours ago
Zoe Bean updated their profile photo
22 hours ago
Benson Akpoedafe commented on Mike Collins's blog post Reflect on your learning : 8 key questions to ask yourself
22 hours ago
Anne-Marie Dales - replied to Lucy Bolton's discussion The Employee Experience Cheat Sheet
23 hours ago
Susannah Pearce replied to Sarah Loates's discussion What a cock-up?
23 hours ago
Lucy Bolton posted a discussion
yesterday
Steven Park updated their profile photo
yesterday
More…