Wales paves the way with best practice partnership

A
Wales-wide project to promote partnership and best practice in the workplace is
to receive a £135,000 Government grant.

The
two-year Wales Project will be officially launched in May as part of a
countrywide promotional campaign to highlight how partnership in the workplace
improves things for both employers and employees.

It
aims to:


raise awareness and understanding of partnership approaches at work


help organisations that want to develop new or existing partnership
arrangements to access the help and support they need


obtain feedback on the impact of workplace partnership activity on business
performance and facilitate the spread of best practice.

Partners
signed up to the Wales Project include the Welsh Assembly, CBI Wales, the
Transport and General Workers Union, Wales TUC and Acas Wales.

Employment
relations minister Gerry Sutcliffe said: "Good organisations already
recognise the importance of investing in

employees
and many are reaping the rewards. A happy workforce means lower turnover,
reduced sickness rates and higher productivity. But too often these experiences
are not shared, and that means wasted opportunities.

"The
Wales Project is an excellent example of partnership, not just within
workplaces, but also between them, pulling together the public and private
sectors, employers and employees. I look forward to seeing the project launched
and rolled out."

www.dti.gov.uk/partnershipfund

By Quentin Reade

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