Improvements in employee relations and a greater willingness to accept change are the key benefits of working in partnership with staff on future business issues, a survey shows.
Research reveals that companies working in partnership with their employees have better staff relations, reduced costs, improved productivity and lower absence rates.
The IRS Employment Review poll of more than 34 HR departments across private and public sectors shows that half the respondents always work in partnership with their employees.
It also found that public sector employers are more likely to adopt the partnership approach, and that all respondents have a positive attitude towards the issue.
Eight in 10 organisations claim to have company councils, which are commonly found in unionised workforces, while six in 10 recognise unions for the purpose of collective bargaining.
By Nick Coleman