If you want to maximise opportunities, your business needs high quality staff - especially in HR.
Your HR team ensures that every department runs smoothly, so it’s essential that they’re qualified and knowledgeable.
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is the world’s highest regarded HR membership body in the world, and they set the benchmark for quality in HR and L&D.
CIPD qualifications provide up to date professional training and will ensure your department meets the exacting professional standards they set.
This has never been more important as the modern HR professional must wear many hats. You need people on your team that have a sound understanding of the fundamentals, plus the specialist knowledge to deal with any situation and slot into any role.
CIPD qualifications cover the essential principles, processes and practices in HR, as well as delving deep into specialist subjects. The varying levels that are offered ensure that all staff from junior HR assistants right up to HR directors are ready to deal with everything from performance management to employment law.
What are the main benefits for business?
With CIPD qualifications your staff will be able to:
- Achieve your business goals
- Stay up to date with legislation
- Improve your reputation
- Work internationally
Achieving your business goals
With access to a plethora of cutting-edge research and guidance, CIPD-accredited professionals are able to inform and make key business decisions with confidence.
This means being able to efficiently plan the use of resources, manage performance better, engage in smarter recruitment practices and effectively manage employee relations.
This will in turn reduce costs, increase productivity and improve profitability which is a fantastic return on the investment of the initial training costs.
You’ll be able to sit back and relax with the knowledge that your company’s interests are being taken care of by the best people.
Staying up to date with legislation
Legislation such as employment law is never set in stone and with the UK leaving the EU there could be big changes ahead. It’s never been more important for your HR people to stay on top of things and ensure your business doesn’t suffer.
Once your staff enrol on a CIPD course, they will become student members of the CIPD and be able to access the resources and support this provides. Then, once they complete any CIPD certificate or diploma they will become Associate Members and if they complete the Level 7 Diploma they can apply to be a Chartered Member if they have built up the required work experience.
One of the many reasons CIPD membership is valuable is because your staff will receive a summary of the latest employment law updates as soon as they happen, so you can always stay ahead of the curve.
Improving your reputation
By having a CIPD-accredited HR team, you’re demonstrating a commitment to the highest professional standards. This will show not only your customers and clients, but also your employees that you’re dedicated to providing quality.
Existing staff will feel more at ease as they’ll be able to trust the HR/L&D team to take care of their career development, wellbeing at work and other needs.
A CIPD-qualified HR team will also make your recruitment and onboarding process much smoother, giving you a great reputation and marking you out as a desirable employer to new candidates.
You'll score lots brownie points with your staff if you make the investment to provide them with the next stages of their CIPD training. Providing this training shows commitment to your staff’s professional development which will make them feel valued and less likely to want to move on.
CIPD as an organisation has a huge international presence. It has over 150,000 members across 120 countries, and 12,000 professionals train with CIPD qualifications and certifications each year.
CIPD qualifications are internationally recognised, so wherever you do business your HR team will be respected as experts in their field.
This is especially important if your company is already, or has future plans to go, global as it means that your team will be able to make smart hiring choices wherever in the world you set up shop.
If you’re reading this from the point of view of a start-up or SME, you might be thinking that this doesn’t really apply to you just yet. However, even small businesses benefit from a fully trained HR person on staff.
Often in start-ups and SMEs, you’ll need to bring in highly specialised staff, and you can’t afford to stop doing your job to find them.
Hiring a new employee can take up a huge amount of time and resources, so having someone qualified to deal with all of that in accordance with best practice can give you real peace of mind. This is where an HR person will pay dividends.
Even one CIPD-qualified individual can save you a headache down the line, leaving you free to grow your business.
If there’s one thing all businesses of every shape and size can take away, it’s that people are at the heart of every business. Make sure yours are the best of the best.
No CIPD-qualified HR people on your payroll? No problem! Find out more about up-skilling your team through flexible online learning.