<ul><li>Management skills in difficult times </li></ul><ul><li>Ed Sweeney </li></ul><ul><li>Acas Chair </li></ul>
Acas and its work <ul><li>A dispute resolution service but much more:  </li></ul><ul><li>Website  - over 4 million visits ...
A recession like no other? <ul><li>Fundamental changes to the world of work: </li></ul><ul><li>Obvious effects to labour m...
Recession and conflict <ul><li>Protecting living standards or falling real incomes = conflict potential </li></ul><ul><li>...
Individual conciliation cases
Helpline calls
Managing in a recession <ul><li>Requires greater line management skills…. </li></ul><ul><li>Joint Acas and CIPD Guide on h...
Managing in a recession <ul><li>…  but also needs a strategic approach: </li></ul><ul><li>EG: </li></ul><ul><li>Think abou...
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Presentation by Ed Sweeney at the Acas national conference 2009 London, UK. (Acas.org.uk/summit09)

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Management skills in difficult times by Ed Sweeney

  1. 2. <ul><li>Management skills in difficult times </li></ul><ul><li>Ed Sweeney </li></ul><ul><li>Acas Chair </li></ul>
  2. 3. Acas and its work <ul><li>A dispute resolution service but much more: </li></ul><ul><li>Website - over 4 million visits annually </li></ul><ul><li>Helpline – up to 750,000 calls annually </li></ul><ul><li>Workplace projects – key role helping organisations to manage themselves better </li></ul><ul><li>Individual conciliation – 80,000 cases annually (excluding Equal Pay claims) </li></ul>
  3. 4. A recession like no other? <ul><li>Fundamental changes to the world of work: </li></ul><ul><li>Obvious effects to labour market, eg over 2.25 million unemployed </li></ul><ul><li>Some impacts less obvious, eg diversity, pay and negotiating, unofficial action, migrant workers, recruitment and skills </li></ul><ul><li>But the impact on employment is uneven: </li></ul><ul><li>Some sectors hit harder than others </li></ul><ul><li>The public sector is not immune </li></ul><ul><li>Regional variations </li></ul>
  4. 5. Recession and conflict <ul><li>Protecting living standards or falling real incomes = conflict potential </li></ul><ul><li>Preserving jobs or cutting ‘surplus labour’ = conflict potential </li></ul><ul><li>Falling government revenues, increased expenditure demands, pressure on labour costs = conflict potential </li></ul><ul><li>The need for a collective approach to handle conflict </li></ul><ul><li>Rise in ET applications </li></ul><ul><li>Rise in calls to Acas helpline on redundancy </li></ul>
  5. 6. Individual conciliation cases
  6. 7. Helpline calls
  7. 8. Managing in a recession <ul><li>Requires greater line management skills…. </li></ul><ul><li>Joint Acas and CIPD Guide on how to manage your workforce in a recession </li></ul><ul><li>EG: </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate and consult with the workforce (TUs and employee reps) </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain employee engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Establish fair and objective selection criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Support employees’ health and wellbeing </li></ul>
  8. 9. Managing in a recession <ul><li>… but also needs a strategic approach: </li></ul><ul><li>EG: </li></ul><ul><li>Think about ways to minimise redundancies, eg short-term working </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a redundancy strategy so it’s there when you need it </li></ul><ul><li>Think long-term </li></ul><ul><li>Plan for the future </li></ul>

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