Has Jackie Orme made a a difference at the CIPD?

A little more than a year has passed since Jackie Orme took over at the helm of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). We want Personnel Today readers to tell us what difference, if any, you think she has made in that time.

One of Orme’s first priorities seems to have been getting the institute itself fit for purpose; reducing headcount at its Wimbledon HQ, much to the chagrin of some of the staff affected by the cuts.

Despite that decision being laced with heavy irony – it has, after all, been the CIPD banging the drum for money-saving alternatives to redundancies – the institute is no different from any other organisation trying to ride out the effects of the recession.

The profession waits with anticipation for the first results of the CIPD’s flagship research project Shaping the Future, which is looking into high-performance working. Orme has also brought on board a new director of HR capability to push through a shake-up of qualifications and routes to membership.

Perhaps a year is too little time to judge her impact. After all, HR is not like the crazy world of football, where managers are expected to achieve immediate results and are rarely given time to make their mark.

But CIPD members, and everyone else with a stake in HR, will be looking on with interest as to what direction the institute moves in as Orme continues – in her words – a quiet revolution.

We want to hear your views. E-mail us at personneltoday@rbi.co.uk

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