TJ Newsflash: 27 October

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TJ’s team have selected the best news, research and stories from the world of HR, talent, learning and organisational development – including news on the profession from the CIPD, Skillsoft’s latest report on the IT industry and Microsoft’s call for a re-imagined workplace

The CIPD’s latest People Profession Survey shows how global challenges have impacted people professionals, with the skills crisis, mental health, new working practices and data analytics being among the top priorities for the profession. Respondents to the research generally felt positive about their value to their organisations and the recognition they received.
More than four in five UK workers (83%) surveyed by YouGov on behalf of Microsoft Surface find themselves still in the same office environment as before the pandemic. Meanwhile, only around one third (35%) of IT decision makers (ITDMs) surveyed for the same report have been asked to consider whether the IT in their office is fit for their workforce today. 
New research from Pilotlight highlights the strong demand from the UK workforce for their employers to do more to support skills-based volunteering in the community, the huge potential positive impact this would have on charities and community group as the cost-of-living crisis really begins to bite and the very real benefits for employers themselves as so many organisations struggle to recruit and retain the best talent.
Eco-anxiety impacts employee wellbeing and productivity – Imperial College London, Affinity Health and Softer Success
New research has revealed how eco-anxiety contributes to poor mental health and burnout at work, impacting employee wellbeing and productivity. The findings outline the workplace risks of eco-anxiety, as well what employers can do to minimise the risks.
This report from Skillsoft the seventeenth of its kind showed a shift in IT people’s focus with many wanting to improve their power skills. The single most important skills for IT leaders was team communication (60%) closely followed by interpersonal skills. Surprisingly technical skills and critical thinking hardly registered at just 6%. DE&I were also flagged as keys areas for attention with many citing that the only way organisations could succeed in innovation was by being truly inclusive – to attract new talent with diverse thinking.

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