HR practitioners are increasingly required to understand how to strategically manage human resources in line with an organisation’s intended future direction. 

Explore our resources to discover factsheets and reports which cover strategic human resource management and how it differs from HR strategy. Also, find out about HR's role in business partnerships and how to develop best practice principles for the HR profession.

Factsheets

Regularly-updated factsheets provide overviews and information on a topic

Six Factsheets about HR role
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HR shared services
Understand the principles of shared services, how they work, and the benefits they can bring to an organisation
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Business partnering
Learn why organisations use business partnering, how it’s implemented and how it can shape successful relationships across the organisation.
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HR outsourcing
An overview of HR outsourcing, its use within organisations and its alternatives
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Strategic human resource management
Understand how strategic HRM works, and its relationship with business strategy, human capital management and business performance
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HR policies
An overview of the purpose and benefits of HR policies and how to implement and communicate them effectively throughout an organisation
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HR and standards
Discover British and International standards in human resource management, and our role in their development
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Guides

Designed for practitioners, our guides provide recommendations and advice on how to apply good practice in the workplace.

One Guide about HR role
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Preparing your organisation for AI use
Guidance on how to prepare a user policy on generative AI for your workplace and how this technology can be used to support HR functions

Reports

Research and analysis by experts from CIPD and partner organisations

19 Reports about HR role
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HR practices in Ireland
The annual HR practices in Ireland survey helps you to keep your finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the profession
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People Profession 2023: International report
Insight into how global issues are impacting people professionals in the UK, Ireland, Asia-Pacific, MENA and Canada
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People Profession 2023: Asia-Pacific report
Insight into how global issues are impacting people professionals in Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore
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People Profession 2023: Middle East and North Africa report
Insight into how global issues are impacting people professionals in Egypt, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates
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People Profession 2023: A Canadian perspective
Insight into how global issues are impacting people professionals in Canada
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People Profession 2023: UK and Ireland report
Insight into how global issues are impacting people professionals in the UK and Ireland
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Putting people professionals on the road to net zero
Insight from senior leaders on how they have led responsibly and maintained trust and resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic
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People Profession 2022: International survey report
Insight from senior leaders on how they have led responsibly and maintained trust and resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic
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People Profession Survey: 2020 global results
This report, produced in partnership with the WFPMA, SHRM and AHRI, provides valuable international insights into the state of the profession
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People Profession 2030: a collective view of future trends
Drawing on collaborative research, our report explores the key trends influencing the future of work and how they will shape the people profession
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Talking about voice: Employees’ experiences
Highlights the key insights that people professionals should consider to drive better people management practice
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People analytics: driving business performance with people data
A global survey of multiple professional perspectives on people data and people analytics
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Building HR capability in small UK firms
An evaluation of the People Skills HR business support pilots programme
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HR professionalism: what do we stand for?
Explores the work identities of HR professionals and implications for principled decision-making
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Maximising impact as an HR professional in an SME
Reflections on the unique challenges and opportunities faced by HR professionals working in SMEs
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HR's role in the success of partnering arrangements
Provides practical guidance on how to deliver excellent people management beyond the organisation, to support the success of business partnering arrangements
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Real-life leaders: Closing the knowing-doing gap
Opens the debate on the barriers preventing organisations from getting closer to effective leadership
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The role of HR in corporate responsibility
A report examining the HR function's role in embedding corporate responsibility in all areas of the business
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Business savvy: giving HR the edge
The four foundations of business savvy, with an overview of what makes up business-savvy competence

Case studies

Learn from real world examples of how other people professionals and organisations work with the CIPD to approach key challenges and objectives.

Four Case studies about HR role
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A day in the life of an HR officer
A day in the life of Jonathan Le Brocq, HR Officer at Garenne Group
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A day in the life of an HR Vice President
A day in the life of Leslie Hayward, VP HR North East & South East Asia for Shell
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A day in the life of an HR manager
A day in the life of Claire Wishart, HR Manager at Calnex Solutions
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A day in the life of an HR adviser
A day in the life of Gina Keohane, HR Adviser at Ubisoft Leamington

Thought leadership

Insight and foresight from our experts in people and the world of work

11 Thought leadership about HR role
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HR operating models
Our series on current practices, future models and successful transformations
Thought leadership
Do current HR operating models serve future needs?
We look at what’s driving change in HR structures, what emerging models look like and what to consider when evolving your current model
Thought leadership
‘Tech savvy’ HR practice
How does becoming ‘tech savvy’ improve your professional standing and the HR practice in your organisation?
Thought leadership
Optimising your operating models for the future
Natalie Sheils, Chief People Officer at Mosaic Group, explores ways to strengthen your operating models to thrive in a rapidly changing business landscape
Thought leadership
Bringing on the brain bots – a missed opportunity for HR?
Should HR be more involved in introducing or implementing intelligent automation?
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What monitoring is acceptable regarding remote workers?
This first article from our Technology, the workplace and people management series examines employers’ perspectives on monitoring remote workers
Thought leadership
Operating efficiently: Implementing HR information systems in SMEs
Practical insights from small and medium-sized enterprises on how HR information systems can be used to improve organisational efficiency and access to people data
Thought leadership
How can HR play a lead role in digital transformation in the workplace?
The expertise of people professionals can be leveraged to support their organisations and employees to navigate and implement technological change
Thought leadership
Surveillance in the ‘data-driven’ workplace: is this the new norm?
As Barclays hits the headlines for rolling out surveillance software to monitor employees, how can the people profession use its expertise to inform the application of workplace technology?
Thought leadership
Ethics and professionalism are intimate bedfellows
Laura Harrison investigates how we link professionalism with ethics in the workplace
Thought leadership
Changing HR operating models
A collection of thought pieces from lead thinkers, academics, practitioners and consultants on the future of the HR function

Podcasts

Listen to episodes from our podcast series on a range of topical workplace, HR and L&D issues.

Five Podcasts about HR role
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Ireland Podcasts
Listen to episodes from our CIPD Ireland Podcast Series on a range of topical workplace, HR and L&D issues
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HR People Pod
Listen to our new fortnightly podcast providing expert insights from HR leaders on the topical issues impacting the world of work
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HR's next top operating model
Is the traditional HR operating model still fit-for-purpose or do we need to consider a new model?
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What value does HR bring to today's organisations?
Episode 185: Climate change, the rising cost of living and the global pandemic are just a few catalysts that have seemingly recast the HR role and expanded its remit. How should people functions evolve to add most value for organisations?
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Integrating HR and L&D
Episode 141: Integrating HR and L&D

Webinars

Webinar recordings providing expert guidance

Eight Webinars about HR role
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Independent HR consultants – how to adapt for turbulent times
Watch this video and explore where can employers raise their employee value propositions, and critically where should you start?
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CIPD Careers webinar: What I wish I’d known – HR Directors
Have ambitions of becoming a HR Director? Unpack candid reflections from our panel of HR directors and former CIPD aspiring HRD mentees
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New World? New Jobs and New Leadership with Paolo Gallo
Watch the webinar hosted by The European Association for People Management EAPM as part of the International HR day 2022
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In conversation with William Madden
Watch our CIPD Mid West Region webinar on the future of HR and the people profession
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Career paths in the people profession
Watch our webinar to hear first-hand from experienced professionals on the various career paths available in the people profession
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Breaking into the people profession
Expert advice and strategies to help you kickstart your career
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How COVID-19 has changed people management
Watch a video and download the slides from our webinar where experts discussed how to support people managers during this crisis, and what it means for the future
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HR wellbeing: looking after yourself and your HR teams
Watch our webinar where experts advise on protecting the health and well-being of people professionals

Bitesize research

Your regular overview of current research, inspiring insights and cutting-edge ideas in bitesize

14 Bitesize research about HR role
Bitesize research
How to start using AI as an HRM assistant
An exploration of how generative AI tools like ChatGPT can be used effectively to support human resource management
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Key elements of day-to-day HR practice
Researchers investigate the daily obstacles faced by HR practitioners when trying to work proactively rather than reactively
For Members
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HR practices: What are the trade-offs for employee wellbeing?
Examining the impact of HR practices on employee wellbeing
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Mick Marchington’s legacy on the shape of human resource management
A summary of the enormous impact of Marchington’s work on the evolution of human resource management
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From strategic to sustainable: considerations for people professionals
Six areas of practice people professionals need to consider for sustainable HRM
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The business impact of HR in small firms
What’s the business case for HR practices in SMEs?
For Members
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Strategic HR in small firms
What HR practices do small firms adopt, and why and how do they do adopt them?
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HR in turbulent times
Political and social upheaval call for localised people practices
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Has HR become too specialised?
Proximity and the (mis)management of workplace conflict
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Linking HR’s feminine image with board representation
Are HR board positions typically occupied by women?
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Big data and human resource management
Reviewing the current research on big data
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Building a more strategic role for HR
Explore how HR can become more strategic
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The end of human resources management?
Read more about the issues facing HRM
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A dynamic framework for development
Discover how strategic HR development can foster unique dynamic capabilities that enhance the capacity of oganisations to be compertitive in turbulent business environments
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