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Five-a-day management tips from Acas to keep your business healthy

To help you keep your management skills in good shape, Acas has put forward a 5-a-day list of essential practices to consider.

It's part of a collection of resources aimed at improving awareness and understanding of the business case for better management skills, which will ultimately help you get the most out of your most valuable asset - your staff.

The way you manage can directly influence the performance of your employees, your organisation, and the health and wellbeing of your staff.

The Acas 5-a-day essentials

The 5-a-day essentials are a set of questions designed to make managers focus on little everyday things that can make a big difference at an organisational level. They are:

  1. How do you support your employees? Have daily conversations and listen to concerns, offer training opportunities, and show sensitivity to employees' home and work lives.
  2. Do you help your employees understand what they need to do? Set goals and give feedback in regular one-to-one meetings.
  3. When was the last time you asked employees for their views? Listen to ideas, innovations and feedback, and act on it, or provide reasons why if you don't.
  4. How do you manage difficult situations? Deal with problems quickly, fairly and consistently, and get help if you need it.
  5. Are you a good role model? Lead by example with integrity.

Staff who are involved in their work, who feel satisfied with it and valued in their role, will perform better and bring deeper benefits to your organisation as a whole.

Acas publications and services

Acas has a range of Top tips for better management, including advice and guidance on a range of key management areas from Employee engagement and leadership to Performance management and Stress.

Acas experts can visit your workplace diagnose issues in your workplace and tailor training and support to address the challenges faced by you and your staff. See Workshops, projects and business solutions or call the Acas customer services team on 0300 123 1150.

Practical training is also available on Conflict management, Absence management, and People management, including essential Skills for supervisors and Discipline and grievance.

For free, impartial advice and guidance visit Acas Helpline Online.

Visit the Acas Training Courses, Workshops and Projects area for more information.

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