Work can be a force for good. One that benefits people and societies as much as it contributes to business and the economy. We believe work should be good for everyone. And the evidence shows that better work doesn’t just boost wellbeing, it increases workplace productivity.
We partner with local authorities to help develop charters or standards that define good and fair work. We do this to encourage employers to adopt good practice on people management and development. And we share insights and resources to help employers make it happen for more people.
Championing better work for all
We’ve been championing better work and working lives for over 100 years. We do it because organisations thrive when we put people first. And because thriving, responsible organisations lead to stronger economies and societies.
The shift from more work to good work
Government, policy-makers, employers and people professionals all have a role to play in improving working lives for everyone. And many are shifting their attention – and investment – from the quantity of work in the economy to the quality of work. As employment in the UK continues to rise, more leaders are striving to make good work and fair work a reality for people in their local areas.
Showing what better work looks like
There are several dimensions to job quality. All jobs have the potential to become better across some or all of them. By being more creative with job design and HR practices, employers can – and should – provide good and fair work for everyone. Local charters and standards generate local leadership on good work. And they give local employers the resources they need to underpin their business strategies with effective HR and people management practices.
Championing good work around the UK
We work with authorities across the UK to create local employment charters and standards. These help local employers design better jobs and improve the quality of their people management. Explore the good work standards and charters closest to your region and make use of their supporting resources in your work.
Manchester’s Good Employment CharterExplore Manchester’s seven characteristics of good employment.
Liverpool’s Fair Employment CharterExplore Liverpool’s four pillars of fair employment.
London Mayor’s Good Work StandardExplore London’s four guiding principles of good work.
Fairer workplaces for a fairer ScotlandRead our 2021 manifesto for fairer workplaces in Scotland.
Fair Work WalesRead our submission to the Welsh Government's Fair Work Commission.
Upholding strong standards and a
Our profession plays a central role in creating better work. This purpose sits at the heart of the Profession Map – our values, knowledge and behaviours as experts in people and work. And our collective voice strengthens our call for good work for all.
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