Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 10°C

ESTD 1874 Search

East Anglia: Acas warns employers of motivation challenge in 2013

06:00 03 January 2013

Fiona Neathey, East of England area director at Acas

Fiona Neathey, East of England area director at Acas

Archant

EMPLOYERS will need to focus on alternative ways to motivate staff in the coming year, with pay likely to remain a source of tension, according to employment relations service Acas.

“The struggling economy will continue to influence Britain’s workplaces. With forecasts for continuing long-term austerity measures and a possible triple-dip we may very well see increasing tensions and conflict around pay,” said Acas eastern area director Fiona Neathey. “

“Pressure on employers to keep wage costs under control could clash with the desire by employees to catch up with the cost of living; inflation has been outstripping median pay awards for the last three years.

“If inflation and interest rates rise then this will increase wage demands. If the private sector meets these demands through increases in the level of pay settlements then the public sector could see pressure for their pay to catch up after periods of restraint.

“Motivating and engaging staff by other ways rather than pay will therefore be a challenge and may require employers to be more inventive. One way of engaging with staff may be to offer more flexible working arrangements.

“The Government is proposing to extend the right to request flexible working to everyone not just parents and carers. Acas will be producing a new code of practice and consulting on this in the new year.”

She added: “In difficult times it is even more vital to listen and engage with your workforce. Every organisation’s success is built on its people; if employers get this right then they are likely to have happier, more motivated staff and a more successful business.

“The Government recently published evidence for effective employee engagement as part of the Engage for Success movement, which Acas is a member of, ensuring that engagement is firmly on the workplace agenda for the future.”

Search hundreds of local jobs at Jobs24

0 comments

Dr Donald Gilbert of ProSynth receiving the company's Queen's Award fom Clare, Countess of Euston, Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk.

A Suffolk company which provides complex chemistry services for research and development work at some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies was yesterday presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

The East of England Co-op has put in a planning application to demolish the building as part of a regeneration project.

The East of England Co-op has announced plans to demolish an unused building in Ipswich which will pave the way for more regeneration.

From left, apprentices Bethany Brame, Lydia Lloyd-Potts and  Josephine Brady, Greene King chief executive Rooney Anand, Robert Halfon MP and Jo Churchill MP.

Skills minister Robert Halfon MP has praised the commitment of Bury St Edmunds-based pubs and brewing group Greene King to apprenticeships.

Greenpeace has published a list of the UK's top 100 recipients of European Union farming subsidies.

A number of East Anglian estates and farm businesses are among those receiving hundreds of thousands of pounds under the European Union’s Common Agri-cultural Policy (CAP), according to analysis by environmental group Greenpeace.

Alton Towers in Staffordshire, whose owner, Merlin Entertainments, says it has

Alton Towers owner Merlin Entertainments said today it had “learned every lesson” from last year’s Smiler rollercoaster crash as it revealed that visitor numbers are still being affected.

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24