The Institute for Employment Studies (IES) has launched its annual HR Year Ahead publication, a fresh collection of short essays tackling the big issues facing HR and OD in 2013.

The series of essays offers practical guidance around key issues such as engagement, innovation, HR’s relationship to the line, change and fostering new behaviours.

Peter Reilly, Director of HR Research and Consultancy at IES, comments:

‘We still live in interesting times. It’s no accident that we have picked change as the unifying theme for this series of thought leadership pieces, as it remains the foremost challenge being faced by organisations and their HR teams. From boosting engagement to encouraging valuable innovation, the HR function needs to step up a gear in the next twelve months and really get to grips with an ever-altering world. By doing this, it will be seen as a partner to the business, not simply a service function.’

Topics covered in IES Perspectives on the HR Year Ahead 2013, include:

* Building OD capability: learning how to swim and fly
* Employee engagement: what next?
* Influencing people to behave in different ways
* The talent management journey: a four stage approach
* Innovating work
* Getting the HR/line balance right in people management
* Cost control versus pay progression
* Delivering strategy through flexible working