Employee Relations

Index here items on employee and industrial relations, the employment relationship, conflict and mediation, industrial action and strikes, trade unions, trade union recognition and negotiation, collective bargaining and whistleblowing.

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    Private-sector pay set to trail behind inflation

    Private-sector pay is set to increase this year but will still trail behind the rate of inflation as VAT and rail fare rises impact retail prices, research from Incomes Data Services (IDS) has revealed. The latest report...

    Third of employees predict a pay freeze in 2011

    Fewer employees expect a pay rise next year despite the economy emerging from the recession and the spiralling rate of inflation, a CIPD study has revealed. A third of workers (33 per cent) predicted a pay freeze in 2011...

    Engage both ‘stars’ and ‘heavy lifters’, HR told

    Organisations need both ‘stars’ and ‘heavy lifters’, and the way employees interact with each other is as important as an individual’s attributes, David Fairhurst, senior vice-president and chief people officer at McDonald...

    MP investigates his own aides

    The debate surrounding how appropriate it is for employers to surreptitiously monitor their employees has been played out in newspapers and online throughout this year. We’ve all seen tabloid coverage of those naive individuals...

    Public-sector myths ‘wholly untrue’

    Gillian Hibberd’s HR column , in which she endeavoured to denounce the many myths that seem to be circulating about the pay and pensions of public-sector workers, made for interesting reading. In short, I tend to agree with...

    How to... set up incentive programmes

    For an employee incentive scheme to work effectively, it must be relevant, measurable, open, fair and available to all. If not, it can have the opposite effect and lead to demotivation and even resentment. Many schemes fail...

    Be positive about the public sector

    A team works at its best when everybody knows their role and pulls together. The leader needs to be able to encourage, inspire and motivate. That involves giving feedback in a positive way; recognising and appreciating the...

    Deal breakers

    Even though it happens a lot, I still find it odd when I don’t see things that are right in front of me. At a conference last week an ex-student cornered me. Though smiling broadly she also conveyed a hint of menace (an approach...

    UK workers take 35 million ‘sickies’ for personal reasons

    The UK economy is suffering as its workers take more than 35 million sick days a year for personal reasons rather than for a genuine illness, according to a survey by Aon Consulting. One in three UK workers (33 per cent)...

    Talent management: Floating assets

    The focus of organisations on talent management has not only survived the troubled economic climate – in many cases, it has increased in importance. But, amid tight margins, how do they ensure their activities are delivering...