In defence of the Levy

By Professor Lynette Ryals

The Reform think-tank report – claiming the use of the Apprenticeship Levy for higher qualifications is a “mislabelling” of courses – feels like an outsider’s view, remote from the realities of business needs.

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What does the future hold for Generation Alpha?

By Professor Joe Nellis

We’ve become used to the trials and tribulations of Generations X, Y and Z as employees and consumers. But that’s nothing compared with the impact to come from Generation Alpha (children born since 2010). They will be something else.

More than 2.5 million Alphas are born every week and by 2025 there will be almost two billion of them. Born to digital technology like it’s a fifth element of nature, Alphas will be the wealthiest, the most intensely educated and most dynamic generation that...

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Barclays and Cranfield lead the way with first UK bank Master's Apprenticeship

By Cranfield School of Management

Cranfield University has partnered with Barclays to launch a Master’s Apprenticeship in Leadership, making the bank the first of its kind to offer this level of apprenticeship.

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Why the workplace needs more feminist men

By Professor Elisabeth Kelan

Can men be feminists? Ask Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, who regularly describes himself as one. Or the editors of Esquire magazine, who dedicated an entire special issue of the magazine to the subject of men’s role in gender equality. Or the United Nations, which runs a #HeforShe campaign via Twitter, again trying to get men involved in gender equality.

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Women on Boards: progress but there are too few women on boards

By Kassia Gardner

There has been an increase in the number of women being appointed to FTSE 100 boards but few women are fulfilling senior roles on those boards. That’s the findings of this year’s Female FTSE Report, by academics at Cranfield School of Management and Exeter University Business School, sponsored by Aviva and the Government Equalities Office.

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Managing Talent: Building a talent pipeline

By David Deegan

There is a plethora of discussion around how retaining talent and generating staff loyalty is best achieved when there is alignment between the values of an individual and the values of an organisation.

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Managing Talent: Answers to two frequently asked questions

By David Deegan

Following on from the recent blog on Managing Talent: How to encourage your workforce to manage their career here are the two questions I am most frequently asked.

Employees ask me “How do I turn down the offer of a ‘perfect opportunity’ without damaging my career?”

Managers ask me “But what if by encouraging them to do all this thinking about their career, they realise they want to leave?”

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Managing Talent: How to encourage your workforce to manage their career

By David Deegan

“So where do you see yourself in 5 years time?”

This is a question that all of us have probably been asked at some point in our career. Some of us will have asked that question of others.

So why do leaders and managers ask that question during review conversations? From my experience, working with leaders who are trying to grow and manage their talent pipeline, it is often used as a means to ascertain aspirations, interests and satisfaction. Yet it isn’t actually a very helpful question.

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Overcoming the challenges of flexible working

By Professor Clare Kelliher

Driven by both legislation and evolving employer attitudes, flexible working has come a long way over the past decade. Not only do employees now have rights to request flexible working, but employers have also become increasingly aware of the business benefits conferred by an openness to flexible working.

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Mindfulness and Space at Work – How to make it happen

By Dr Jutta Tobias

Mindfulness is everywhere these days. At least, many more people talk about it than when I started researching and teaching mindfulness five years ago. But how can you really make it happen at work

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