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Acas experts and guest bloggers share their views, experiences and insights on the world of employment relations, including areas such as conflict management, health and wellbeing, employee engagement and the future of work.

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Please note the views expressed in the blogs are those of the individual bloggers and do not necessarily reflect those of the Acas Council.

  • The OECD and SMEs: the great mental health divide - Professor Roy Sainsbury

    Tuesday 18 February 2014

    Things are stirring in the world of health, mental health and work. In the space of only a few days the Coalition government announced its new Health and Work Service offering occupational health assistance to people off sick for four weeks or more, and on Monday (10th February) a major new report from the OECD called Mental Health and Work - United Kingdom, was launched at an event hosted by the Work Foundation in London.

  • Raising skills up the business agenda: Rachel Pinto

    Friday 14 February 2014

    At a time of tightened finances, changes in employment regulations and considerable time pressures - skills development is hardly a priority for many businesses. But equipping staff with the right skills is proven to increase productivity and employee well-being. So what can be done to raise skills development up the business agenda? And how can strong employment relations help?

  • Zero-hours contracts: what callers to the Acas helpline are saying - Adrian Wakeling

    Monday 10 February 2014

    Every year the Acas Helpline receives nearly a million calls on a wide range of employment related issues. Between June and August this year we received over 700 calls on the subject of zero-hours contracts. I had the privilege of listening to dozens of these calls. Acas will very soon be publishing a detailed discussion paper on its analysis, but, in the meantime, here is a flavour of what I found.

  • The changing face of Employment Relations: Rachel Pinto

    Thursday 21 November 2013

    Harold Wilson famously said that 'he who rejects change is the architect of decay.' Strong words in favour of change being progressive, dynamic and forward looking. But change can also be daunting and its effects widespread. This was a clear theme emerging from the Acas Wales Conference.

  • The voice of a lost generation? - Adrian Wakeling

    Wednesday 11 September 2013

    Through the screen doors separating the two main meeting rooms at this year's TUC Congress, I could hear rounds of fervent clapping and applause. It's not surprising. The stable diet of TUC fringe events are the real issues affecting workers in Britain today, like pay, poverty, working conditions and mental health.

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