Anticipating evolving trends, and recognising future challenges and opportunities is essential to success in today’s fast-moving business environments.

The CIPD, with supporting partner Indeed, invites experts from contrasting disciplines to share their insight on key trends influencing the future of work. Each article will explore a different topic in depth, challenge thinking and provide thought leadership on how these trends will shape the future of work and working lives. 

The first article in our series discusses the importance of futures and foresight in strategic thinking and how to successfully scenario plan for the future.

Our second article looks at sustainable buildings and how future-proofing your workspaces will not only make them climate resilient, but will also create healthier, more productive environments.

Our third article examines the business opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence and how leaders can make AI work in their organisations.

Our fourth article uses an Asia-Pacific case study to discuss the opportunities for workforce diversity and how to remove barriers.

Our fifth article outlines potential drivers to shape how and why people work in the future, and what these would mean for work-life balance and employee empowerment.

Read the latest article in our series below.

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

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The compensation revolution: Incentives to motivate and retain future talent

Matt Burney of Indeed outlines three potential drivers to shape how and why people work in future, and what these would mean for work-life balance and employee empowerment

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Population dynamics: Creating pathways for your future workforce

Discover the future opportunities for workforce diversity and how to remove barriers

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Shaping artificial intelligence for your future business needs

Hetan Shah of the British Academy discusses the opportunities and challenges that leaders should consider

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Sustainable buildings: rethinking workplaces for a healthier future

Toby Morgan of Climate Group explains how future-fitting your workspace benefits the climate, the workforce and the bottom line

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Horizon-scanning: How to plan for alternative business futures

Wilson Wong, Head of Insight and Futures at the CIPD, discusses how to use foresight research for long-term success

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Working Lives Scotland

Dedicated analysis of job quality and its impact on working lives in Scotland

CIPD Good Work Index: North of England

A North of England summary of the CIPD Good Work Index 2024 survey report

CIPD Good Work Index

The CIPD Good Work Index provides an annual snapshot of job quality in the UK, giving insight to drive improvement to working lives

Is a transactional attitude to work problematic?

Work for many has become simply a means of income. If this means disengagement with the employer’s purpose or values, then what?

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UK party manifestos: Skills and employment agenda

The CIPD examines the main UK-wide party manifestos and outlines key implications for skills and employment

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Benchmarking employee turnover: Latest trends and insights

Understanding how your organisation compares can enable you to stay ahead, retain valuable employees, and understand the cost of attrition to your organisation

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HR operating models

Our series on current practices, future models and successful transformations

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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