Employers should be role models when developing partner-ships with employees, David Yeandle, deputy director of employment policy at the Engineering Employers Federation, told an employment law conference. He said, "If partnership and improved performance are linked, why is it not happening in the UK? Companies need to see partnership adding value. Despite the academic evidence, the value of partnership is difficult to prove and justify."
Forum for police
The IPD has launched a police forum to promote the professional development of members in forces in England and Wales. Its inaugural conference will be at Bramshill House, Hampshire, on 4 May. Gary Robinson, acting chairman and HR director of West Yorkshire Police, said, "A regular programme of events is envisaged where key personnel and development issues can be addressed." Contact Mary Croxford on 01256 602417.
Stamping out ageism
The performance and innovation department of the Cabinet Office has completed a report into "active ageing" - keeping the skills of older people in the workforce. The findings are likely to be made public in a couple of months. It follows the launch by the DfEE of a campaign against workplace age prejudice and is part of a drive to improve age diversity.
Business leaders have begun putting pressure on governments of industrialised countries to loosen immigration policies, said Will Hutton, chief executive of the Industrial Society. The objective is to ease skill shortages, particularly among IT specialists, he told a breakfast seminar last week.
Many organisations are neglecting career development in the expectation of poaching talent from rivals or hiring consultants, according to a new study. The approach is normally adopted only in times of recession but is now increasingly prevalent, the research found. In Career Development, the latest in the IPD's Good Practice series, Tricia Jackson argues the practice is short-sighted.