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CIPD: Employee engagement to improve company-staff relations

Published: Wednesday, 06 April 2011   Category: All Graduate job news

Companies that employ professionals in graduate jobs might benefit from employee engagement initiatives in order to ensure that their workforce remains productive and morale levels do not drop.

That is the suggestion of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which warned that public spending cuts have put increasing strain on the relations between managers and their staff.

Research by the organisation suggested that 71 per cent of employers expect increased levels of industrial action in the year ahead, with 33 per cent anticipating their staff will strike.

The deteriorating relationship between businesses and their staff was found to be particularly prevalent in the public sector.

Ben Willmott, senior public policy advisor at the CIPD, said that the Employee Relations Survey highlights the impact that spending cuts are having on employee relations.

"However, to what extent this deterioration in relations between management and unions will result in sustained strike action by public-sector workers is still open to question," he said.

Meanwhile, the CIPD has called for all employees to be given access to flexible working opportunities.

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