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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.

  • Delayed arrivals: helping young people get the hang of work: David Taylor

    Wednesday 5 March 2014

    The recent figures showing a fall in youth unemployment are great news. But with so much focus on helping young people find jobs, it can be easy to overlook what happens when they arrive in the workplace.

  • Conciliation: art or science - Gill Dix

    Wednesday 19 February 2014

    High impact industrial action, like the recent dispute at London Underground, gets plenty of media coverage, and Acas gets its mention when the parties come to the table. This is especially the case when the dispute is resolved and action called to a halt. But little is known about the conciliation process itself - what it involves, and the part played by Acas.

  • 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.

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