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Presentation by Ed Sweeney at the Acas national conference 2009 London, UK. (Acas.org.uk/summit09)

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 Management skills in difficult times by Ed Sweeney Presentation Transcript

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