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Companies and staff continue to work together

A recent survey from the CBI and recruitment specialists Harvey Nash has found that companies are continue to work with their employees to overcome challenging economic conditions.

According to the survey, two-thirds (67%) of firms say that employee relations in their workplace are either co-operative or very co-operative, with staff remaining resilient despite the economic climate, and two-fifths (40%) of firms describing morale as high or very high.

Katja Hall, CBI Chief Policy Director, said:

“In the UK we have a good story to tell about collaboration in the workplace during the worst of the economic crisis. By working pragmatically and flexibly together, employers and employees have been able to safeguard and create jobs.

“With two-thirds of businesses reporting high levels of co-operation in their workplace, employers clearly understand the value of engaging their employees and keeping them informed about business challenges being faced."

The survey also found that six months after the implementation of the Agency Workers’ Directive, almost half of firms (46%) have been affected by the new rules. Many businesses (57%) have been forced to cut down on their use of agency workers, while 8% have stopped using them altogether.

Other adaptations to firms’ resourcing plans include over a third using more fixed-term contracts (36%), and others using other temping arrangements such as the ‘Swedish derogation’ model of paying between assignments in return for no equal treatment rules on pay or managed service contracts (27%).

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