CPD Curration for the People Occupation

CPD Curration for the People Occupation

This blog is here to give you a list of items/activities that you could use as a basis for your CPD log. I'll only list items that I think will help with DPG assignments or support you in the workplace. I'm mainly looking for facts and statistics that you can quote in your work. Thus providing you with useful references for assignments and ammunition to support points you might be trying to prove in the workplace.

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  • Good morning all.

    I'm posting up early this morning as I have a ton of work that I need to tick off today and since I've been ahead of the game with my curation this week, I can share it here and get it off my desk and on to yours! 

    Enjoy - and remember: even if you don't need these sources right now, you can use them in your CPD log and/or potentially add them to a relevant bibliography.

    1. This will divide opinion: Vaccinations to be made compulsory for care home staff. This could be a great discussion point when it comes to ethics – and possibly legality. Here is a link to begin exploring the idea: https://bit.ly/35owg7Y
    2. Diversity and inclusion are subjects that come up in 5CO03 and is mentioned in 3CO01 and 3CO03. I’ve no doubt you’ll find the subject woven into several units, particularly any unit where culture is discussed. Shortly we will also be able to release the specialist modules focusing on inclusion and diversity (at Associate and Advanced levels). Here is a link to a new article that presents figures that argue that D&I isn’t all plain sailing: https://bit.ly/3pZnqr5
    3. If you are interested in a real-life D&I issue, take a look at this upcoming webinar: https://bit.ly/3zymk9M
    4. Critical thinking came up in a 5CO01 webinar this week and I stumbled across a page that offers up the 9 traits of critical thinking. The skill of critical thinking itself is expected throughout the DPG qualifications so this is worth a look: https://bit.ly/3cKDQ12
    5. If you are doing any kind of analysis of factors that may impact your organisation (3CO01, 5CO01 and CHR etc) take a look at an article predicting long-term working from home government recommendations, sick pay reviews and the installation of ventilation systems as part of measures to tackle coronavirus: https://bit.ly/3vpfMao


    COVID-19: Vaccinations to be made 'compulsory' for care home staff and looked at for NHS workers -…
    There have been more than 40,000 deaths involving COVID-19 in care homes in England.
  • I've been knee-deep in researching for webinar preparation and elesson authoring this week and whilst doing so I've stumbled across a few sources that might help your DPG studies and general CPD. Enjoy!:

    1. This first item might be quite niche. If you are studying 3CO02 (and possibly 5CO02) and in particular you are interested in the L&D perspective of evidence-based have a look at the CIPD’s Learning Skills at Work Survey 2021. When you open the PDF, click CTRL+f to search the document (from a PC) for ‘evidence-based'. You’ll find a few barriers mentioned, some food for thought on the direction of EBP and a short reading list of other relevant CIPD resources. Here is the link: https://bit.ly/359HRrn
    2. If you are studying inclusion and fairness (2.1 in 5CO03 for instance) there is an article in the June issue of People Management magazine starting on page 31 that discusses the impact and links between remote working and fair access to things like bonuses and training. Just in case you’ve used your magazine to light that barbecue (shame on you) here is a web-based version of the article: https://bit.ly/3v4NMsA
    3. June is pride month so here is a trending subject to look at. Inclusion is where this is relevant to your studies – which comes up in several units. This article shows the percentage of LGBT inclusion in different sectors. Maybe you could compare your organisation to the rest of the sector as part of an inclusivity analysis, for instance. Here is a link: https://bit.ly/355HONr
    4. Several units require PESTLE analysis such as 5CO03 and CHR. If you are searching for something describe under the L heading, you could consider the legal ramifications of COVID-19 on employment law. Here is a short article to give you food for thought: https://bit.ly/3iyzkXd
    5. One question I get asked a lot, in one form or another is ‘What activities are CPD?’. I get asked ‘Is reading CPD?’ too. Today I stumbled across this quote from a well-regarded source and I think it nicely offers reassurance: “everything you do is part of your learning experience at work. When you talk with your boss, attend a meeting, read an article, or view a video – you are learning something. And of course, when you finish a project, get feedback from a project lead, or complete a new design, you are creating a part of your “credentials” that help you show others what you know how to do.” The original article is about digital learning and not CPD as such – but then the whole point of my blogs is that I find info for you that you might not have found yet so hopefully, that’s job done. Here is the full article: https://bit.ly/3xe4erJ


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    And I haven't added any of this to my CPD log yet - aaarrggh! I need to get a move on.

    Learning and skills at work | CIPD
    Our survey report and case studies, produced in partnership with Accenture, examine current practices and trends in learning and development (L&D)
  • I had my second COVID jab yesterday and I'm struggling to keep my head up long enough to look at the screen, so curation is over for this week. I still managed to find 4 useful items though. 😊

    1. This next link will take you to an article that actually puts a pounds and pence cost on home working vs returning to office-based work. This may be helpful to anyone studying extrinsic Reward and the impact of external factors mentioned in 3CO01, 5CO01 and CHR. https://bit.ly/3fpXfpD
    2. I was looking up sources for information about Organisational Theory to help with 5CO01 and came across this next page. To my surprise, if you scroll past the clickbait ads there is also information that could help with Reward Management, Ethics, motivational theory, the list goes on. The information is limited and there are no links to academic sources but as a jumping-off point for further reading, this page could come in handy. I can’t vouch for the dubious ads though. Take a look if you dare: https://bit.ly/3uE5939
    3. A new article ‘Why equality and inclusion training is essential for your team’ could be helpful for people studying 5CO01 as well.
    4. Gender pay gap issues touch on many DPG units particularly when we are talking about ethics, fairness, law and reward. There is a new article released today detailing how Tesco were paying female staff up to £3 per hour less than men. It’s always really good to have contemporary news in your assignments so take a look and see if this will help you: https://bit.ly/3imDkKl

    Ok, I'm just going to rest my head on this keyboard and sleep off these post-jab side effects 💉. Bye for nowwwwwwwwwww 


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  • Here is my curation this week. I told myself to find 4 or 5 items - then I found 8. I just can't get the balance right 😉

    Anyway, take a look at the resources. I hope help with your assignments and remember that reading is CPD and can be logged as such in your free CareerBurst CPD log.

    1. For unit 5CO02 – I can’t stress enough the usefulness of the Evidence-based Practice factsheet and Principles-led page on the CIPD website. Links are: https://bit.ly/2QMAKBT and https://bit.ly/3ffPzpV
    2. Whilst looking for examples of PM best practice to support 3CO02, I found a link to a document promising ‘7 digital best practices for HR professionals’. It’s not great for 3CO02 but it might give you ideas if you are struggling. It is certainly worth reading and adding to your bibliography. Here’s the link: https://bit.ly/3yDDQJw
    3. On the same note of good practice, here is an article that describes how Avon has used technology to benefit communication during the pandemic: https://bit.ly/3fnpm8T. Arguably this is a good role model example of how to look after employees.
    4. If you are looking for external factors and how they have impacted organisations for units such as 3CO01, 5CO01 and CHR here is a link to an article which help: https://bit.ly/3hPrOXw The article offers insights such as that the pandemic has sparked a 70% increase in digital learning – and much more.
    5. On the same subject of factors impacting organisations and the people management agenda (for 3CO01, 5CO01 and CHR), there are some results from a new poll available that give plenty of quotable statistics about what employees want now that returning to offices is becoming an option. Here is a link: https://bit.ly/3utadai
    6. Equality and ethics are deeply woven into all the qualifications at DPG and has become especially highlighted in the new qualifications with these subject mentioned in almost all the assessments. This recent document gives some handy examples about how several well know organisations have been dealing with the issue lately: https://bit.ly/3fjYxma. It’s not the most comprehensive article in the world but it might give you enough to springboard you onto other research.
    7. If you are studying reward and/or are interested in total reward packages, this next article will help. EVP gets a mention in the article too: https://bit.ly/3fOpiOE
    8. One last item this week, the CIPD released a Learning and skills at work report on 25th It promises to explore “trends and practices in learning and skills development” with a goal to provide “evidence-led recommendations” to learning professionals. Here is a link to it: https://bit.ly/3fXujEK. I’ll be honest, I haven’t read it yet – but I will and then I’ll note it as CPD.
    Evidence-based Practice for Effective Decision-Making | Factsheets | CIPD
    Evidence-based practice is an approach for improving decision-making which takes account of the best available evidence and critical thinking.
  • This curation business is harder than I thought. As you can see my efforts (posts) are sporadic at best! So what's the answer? I'm going to try the 'little and often approach' for a while and see if that works out. 

    Here we go then, a much shorter list than previously and more directed at units within DPG programmes - yet all still viable as reading you can document as part of your CPD log. 

    1. Reward management – gender pay reporting has been big news in recent years now. The CIPD are no making moves to tackle ethnicity pay reporting. This could help with your discussion around the importance of equality and transparency. https://bit.ly/2T7Kjw2
    2. 3CO01, 5CO01 and CHR . when analysing external factors that impact the organisation, you have more than likely chosen the pandemic as a key factor. If you are looking for how that factor has impacted products and services and even the agenda of the people practice teams – you could consider that presenteeism has increased due to the pandemic (and how). Here is a link to some new and useful CIPD statistics on the subject: https://bit.ly/3ynmGj4
    3. If remote working is a total reward benefit and a result of the pandemic, then this next article could be useful for all of the units mentioned above: the article gives figures showing that remote working boosts inclusivity. Here is a link (you need to have a free account to read the whole article): https://bit.ly/3oCuTeG
    4. 5CO01 - In this unit, you need to know the positive impacts of diversity – and the negative impacts presented by a lack thereof. Here is a link to a report that shows that diverse teams are more creative: https://bit.ly/3v8m3rO

    I'll make myself a promise right here in black and white to share another 4 or 5 items next Friday too. 


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    Ethnicity pay reporting | CIPD
    Read the CIPD's submission to the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy
    • Here's me showing off my CPD log. 92 hours this year - not bad, eh? A lot of it is webinars though so I need to get some different activities on there. How is yours looking?



  • The Vernal Equinox is upon us (on 20th March at 9.37 am (UK time) to be precise). In case you don’t know what that means: it is one way of measuring the start of spring; it’s the point where the Sun passes directly over the Earth’s equator as the Northern Hemisphere becomes closer to the sun than the Southern Hemisphere. I imagine it as if our rotund Earth has been reclining in a chair, warming its feet by the fire all winter and now the time is right to roll forward, stand up and warm its tummy. It is time to come out of hibernation. My blog has experienced what could be described as hibernation in the past few weeks thanks, mainly, to an increased workload brought about by changes to the CIPD qualifications. So without further ado (or weak analogies), let’s have a look at what I’ve distilled from various newsletters and articles lately.

    There are no top tips, opinions or blogs in my lists. The only items to make into my list are those that could be useful in your workplace, assignments or in your pursuit of CPD – all of which you can put in your CPD log.


    1. A solution to gender bias in selection is suggested following a study published in Nature Human Behaviour. That solution is longer shortlists and a move away from informal recruitment practices according to the study. Here is a link: https://bit.ly/3eSf68Q
    2. The CIPD’s Employment law update for CIPD tutors and students was released in late January. According to the CIPD it “It provides a comprehensive update on the most important employment law developments in the UK and anticipates further changes. It is updated every six months”. Here is a link that is only accessible if you have CIPD membership: https://www.cipd.co.uk/knowledge/fundamentals/emp-law/student-tutor...
    3. If you are interested in reward, engagement and the kind of activities that contribute to being considered an ‘employer of choice’, this next piece of research might be for you. It reveals evidence that the most desirable job perk is an early finish on a Friday. In the article, there are well known large company examples and a shortlist of other ‘most desirable perks’. Take a look: https://bit.ly/3tvmsmT If perks are a subject that interests you, some more have come to light in researched described by HRGrapevine here: https://bit.ly/2NvDYrE
    4. Do you advise your organisation to stick with remote working post lockdown? This link will describe research only one-quarter of office staff want to return to a central workplace full-time: https://bit.ly/2OCAC6Z . There are a lot of these types of articles around right now, so I’ll leave this for you to decide if this is news.
    5. This isn’t one that I can relate directly to DPG programmes, but it is an interesting one: it’s the first unfair dismissal case in relation to mask-wearing that I’ve seen. Here is a link: https://bit.ly/3vJEZ0s
    6. Channel 4 had a ‘wellbeing day’ intended to “allow employees to take a “much-needed break” away from their laptops, emails, meetings and video calls.”. Take a look at this short article for some figures on wellbeing strategies and feelings: https://bit.ly/38UFivC. Do we need a wellbeing forum in The DPG Community? Let me know in two clicks: https://bit.ly/3c0Sst6

    Six is all I can muster up today, I’m afraid. I’m recovering from being ill for a week and those DPG Community newsletters don’t send themselves so I’ll have to go spend some time on thahttps://community.dpgplc.co.uk/CPDCareerst. This should be enough to warm the waistline of your CPD though – and I’ve added a bunch of events to the Events Calendar which you can also add to your CPD log. Let me know what you think and I’ll blog you later, hibernator.

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  • We made it – January is behind us. So long dry-January, Veganuary and being asked ‘what new year’s resolutions have you made?’ Onward to accelerated vaccinations, Valentine’s Day and Easter Eggs. How are you going to fit it all in? Allow me to help by streamlining your CPD and industry-related reading.

    I’ve dived into the expanse of industry newsletters (and February’s People Management magazine) like Scrooge McDuck with his swimming pool of gold coins. I’ve only come up for air having gripped the most valuable HR and L&D news firmly in my beak - IMO, of course.

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    There are no top tips, opinions or blogs in my lists. The only items to be pooled into my list are those that could be useful in your assignments and/or you can use it stepping stone to other CPD – all of which you can put in your CPD log. I've bolded key terms to expedite your search for the goods.

    Get ready, there is more on my list than usual!

    1. Here’s a great article from ICS if you are studying the Thinking Performer or Adding Value Employee Modelhttps://bit.ly/3awRzXb
    2. If you are doing a SWOT or PESTLE on an organisation, it is worth noting that the Bank of England has forecasted a ‘rapid recovery as vaccines are rolled out.' See the article here: https://bit.ly/2MOGEjv
    3. Well-being is always high on the HR agenda (or it should be). Perhaps it is of interest that the three sectors which experience the highest stress-related sick days are healthcare, government workers and… wait for it: HR. “There was a 70 per cent rise in the number of stress-related absences among HR professionals in 2020 compared to the previous year”. This is an efficient little article with facts, quotes from industry big noises and jumping-off points to other reading. Take a look: https://bit.ly/36HfGRP
    4. With immediate relevance to L&D trends: “46% of full-time workers have received no professional training from their employer during the pandemic”. A lack of training could also help you if you are interested in reasons for staff turnover, well-being and extrinsic reward and the impact of the pandemic. Jump to this LinkedIn post by a talented colleague where you’ll find a few more quotable figures on the recent lack of professional development opportunities: https://bit.ly/3oKTqwz (I’d recommend following Ady too). The situation behind these numbers hasn't deterred job seekers with 66% of people “undertaking digital learning with the intention of improving their job prospects” according to a REED survey, which you can find out more about here: https://bit.ly/2LpdOGc. If you are looking to pick up on future trends: 52% of organisations are “planning to spend more on L&D next year” according to an article on page 53 of February’s People Management magazine. The article is packed with figures that justify the claim in the title: “Covid has improved attitudes towards L&D

    This brings me nicely on to the February 2021 edition of People Management magazine. I’ve taken the rest of my curation from there this time. It’s a great read, as ever, but if you want to focus on items that can help you in your studies and in the workplace, hopefully, my list here will help you extract what you need:

    1. On page 5, the big Cheese’s welcome has a couple of statistics about anxiety and mental well-being taken from January ONS data.
    2. "Workers less happy in Lockdown" on page 6 offers reactions to a recent survey which you could use if you are looking at presenteeism, work-life balance and fit notes. Both this and the previous point could help if absence management and culture are your thing.
    3. Speaking of culture and bearing links to equality in the workplace, page 7 "Fathers still fear stigma of paternity leave" presents the results of a recent CIPD poll.
    4. If you are looking for an example of measured improvements in customer experience due to HR and L&D intervention, then the article about a well-known retailer’s training programme could help you discuss how training, objective setting and data use can improve motivation, engagement and reduce complaints. It is on page 25.
    5. Employment law is always a popular topic. I’m adding "Is this the end of employee rights?" on page 43 to this list not because it has quotable figures but because I found it really interesting how UK employment law compares to other nations. Maybe this should come under the heading ‘Pub Ammo’ – that’s if we ever get to go to a pub again. “Zoom Ammo” just hasn’t got the same ring to it.
    6. The article about pulse surveys on page 48 caught my eye in the hope that it would help anyone running surveys and/or collecting data for their studies, such as the UIN module in HRM or the DBC module in LDM. But it didn’t really give me much. I guess it is worth a read to give you ideas and that way you could feasibly add it to your bibliography.

    That should help you. Jump in.

    (PM magazine archives can be accessed here: https://bit.ly/39KbYJ5.)

    Here's my CPD log right now (where is yours?):


  • I've summarised so of the past few week's selections in a Linkedin article:


    Rest assured, I'll post more frequently and in more depth here in the Community than I will on LinkedIn. Community members get the good stuff first!


    CPD Curation for the People Occupation. January 2021 round-up
    CPD and useful industry information curated into one place. I dipped my toe into the article writing function here on LinkedIn 4 months ago.
  • Right, Christmas is in the past as is Blue Monday and Donald Trump (fingers crossed), so let’s get some CPD done! Rather than my usual attempts to filter the useful facts and figures from the abundance of clickbait that lands in my inbox in the form of industry newsletters, this week I started off by finding a few useful articles for myself (well… for you). Only after which did I then attempt to filter the useful facts and figures from the abundance of clickbait that lands in my inbox in the form of industry newsletters.

    There are no top tips, opinions or blogs in my lists. The only items to be inaugurated into my list are those that could be useful in your assignments and/or you can use it stepping stone to other CPD – all of which you can put in your CPD log.


    1. If you are in L&D, you may be interested to know that professional coaching is among the fastest-growing job sectors in 2021 according to a LinkedIn survey. There are quotable stats here too about other job sectors experiencing growth which could be useful if you are interested in labour markets. Here’s a link: https://yhoo.it/2LXBnWP
    2. This next article could be useful if you are doing a SWOT or PESTLE on the hospitality It might also be useful if you are looking information about potential unemployment levels and where labour pools could be right now. It’s another LinkedIn article with stats that include that Britain lost almost 6,000 licensed premises in 2020. Off the back of that, I can imagine that consumers have gone elsewhere to source their favourite tipple of course – which might impact on the retail sector. Here’s a link: https://yhoo.it/398r1vY. It looks like a Sky News article uses the same sources so it might be worth a look in case you connect better with the way the information is presented by Sky: https://bit.ly/2LLPnD5
    3. The negative impact of the lockdown on the retail sector will be news to no-one but how about looking at it from this angle: online shopping rose by 46.1% in 2020 – does your organisation have the infrastructure to compete in the online retail sector? Do you have the right people resourcing plans in place? Take a look at this Sky News article for more figures: https://bit.ly/3o97EY2
    4. If you need ‘outside the box’ ideas on well-being, increasing productivity or managing WFH then there is research available to not only show that listening to music increases productivity by 15% but the research also digs into which artists have the most beneficial effect. It’s just a good job that they didn’t survey me. Here’s a link to the article on HRGrapevine: https://bit.ly/2Nkvhju
    5. On the subject of well-being and with links to extrinsic reward and employers of choice, Avia is an example for you to draw upon. They have given their staff an extra day off recognising that rest is an important part of well-being. The article lists other perks from Avia and mentions extra-paid leave offer at Indeed. Here is a link to the article at HRGrapevine (again): https://bit.ly/39U6UB1
    6. Do you need proof that online learning is the most frequently used method of learning among SMBs (small and medium businesses)? And that Instructor-led learning is believed to be the most effective? Then you need to take a look at Cornerstone’s recent survey here: https://bit.ly/397PNfV . It’s odd though as I’ve seen plenty of information to say that in-the-flow learning and client-led learning is the current fashion. Or could it be that the responses came from people that don’t know how to recognise in-the-flow and don’t empower staff to lead their own development? I guess this article will serve you well if you need to present an argument for and against such learning activities.
    7. Do you need to improve your negotiating skills or coach people on how to improve theirs? An interesting article from the BPS covers how negotiations can be influenced by things like mindset, anger and even alcohol. It’s based in research and an interesting read. Here is a link: https://bit.ly/3iGy9mn
    8. “the negative effects of missing one’s own smartphone when it is absent counteracts the positive effect of smartphone absence.” That’s a thinker! And apparently, there is evidence to back it up. I’m not going to tie this into your studies or workplace, I think it is more about our concentration and development. We could extrapolate this to the impact phone dependence could have on our careers! Here’s a link to the research that could convince you to swipe and scroll your way to concentration superpowers (almost): https://bit.ly/399T6Dk

    That’s 8 – one more than last week. Maybe I’m getting better at this curation business. I dunno – what do you think?

    Here's my CPD list this week. There are only 2 entries this week, but then that's all we need! I'd love to see a screenshot of yours in the comments here.8467188081?profile=RESIZE_930x

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