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Good change management essential for maintaining public sector morale as austerity measures take effect

As many as four in ten public-sector workers feel that morale has plummeted in the wake of job cuts and changes to pensions and benefits, according to a recent survey by recruitment consultancy Badenoch & Clark.

Other findings included widespread pessimism about future prospects for promotion and worries that benefits and salaries would bear the brunt of proposed spending cuts.

Earlier this year, the Office for Budgetary Responsibility projected that as many as half a million public sector jobs could be axed across the country by 2014-15. With even more testing times ahead for the public sector, it is essential for managers to demonstrate their commitment to employees while making staff aware of the likely impact of any changes. Effective change management is going to be key to maintaining morale and productivity in a sector which is going to have to make some very difficult choices.

Drawing on 35 years of public sector experience, Acas offers comprehensive support forpublic sector organisations undergoing change. As experts in change management and employment relations, Acas is ideally placed to help organisations adapt to today's challenging economic situation. Acas provide support on a range of employment issues, such as negotiating with trades unions, managing redundancies, maintaining service delivery, workplace restructuring and TUPE.

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