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Acas publishes free templates to help with managing staff

Bureaucracy may have its detractors, but it's indispensable for running complex systems. Organisations, however small, need to keep records of some sort to function. But more than that, bureaucracy can be an invaluable tool for managers in monitoring and analysing anything from stock to performance, so that trends or problems can be identified and improvements made. It's most effective when it's kept simple, streamlined and standardised, so making information more accessible and easily managed.

With this in mind, Acas has published a range of useful free templates specifically designed to make life easier when Managing staff.

On offer are four different appraisal forms - for self-appraisal, manual workers, job objectives and potential for promotion - and one for the managers themselves to find out what employees think of their appraisal process. An 'information health check' has been devised to help managers assess how effective their communication is with staff.

Further templates are available to help manage absences and keep records of employment history. There's a detailed template letter from a manager to an employee's GP, requesting possible causes for an absence, a likely return-to-work date, and whether any adjustments might need to be made to accommodate that return.

Acas has also designed forms to help managers analyse the composition and turnover of their workforce, so that trends can be identified and responded to.

To complement this series of Useful templates for letters, forms and checklists, Acas offers practical training in Performance managementAbsence management and help in developing Skills for supervisors.

Visit the Acas Training and Business Solutions area for more information.

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