Mobility in an age of disturbance – collaboration and the art of speaking up

In his opening remarks at the CIPD’s 2016 Annual Conference in Manchester in November, the organisation’s chief executive, Peter Cheese, referred to what he believed was “a crisis of trust in businesses” and voiced his determination that the HR profession was going to have a “strong voice” in making work a force for good.Mr Cheese’s words came just hours after Donald Trump declared victory in the US presidential elections after running on a controversial, but successful, anti-establishment ticket.”The last 12 months have undermined many people’s trust in business, with too many scandals, such as those at Volkswagen, Wells Fargo, BHS and Sports Direct, demonstrating the need for business to properly value all their workers and employees, and to take their wider accountabilities to all their stakeholders more seriously,” he said.With Brexit and the likelihood that some companies may seek to relocate businesses and employees to mainland Europe and beyond – as well as the anti-free-trade rhetoric that looks set to be at the top of the US presidential agenda in 2017 – these are interesting times for HR and mobility as they seek to rebuild relationships and trust in the context of change.”The challenges we face in the world of work are not new,” said Peter Cheese, “but they are now more important to tackle than ever before, in light of events such as Brexit. We cannot freeze in the headlights of uncertainty, but instead must embrace the opportunities that these challenges bring to drive real and lasting change.”