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The Future of Workplace Relations

Workplaces are facing significant challenges over the forthcoming decade. An ageing workforce, workplace fragmentation, the changing role of trade unions, new forms of organisation such as mutuals, the long term impact of the economic crisis, and the growing power of social media are all contributing to significant changes. These will mean that employers, employees and their representatives will have to adapt the way in which they engage with each other in the years to come.

Acas, as an organisation that provides advice, support and guidance on employment relations will also need to adapt and we are have researched, written and commissioned papers on the future of workplace relations to build up an evidence base. We believe that these will be useful not only to our own organisation but to employers, representatives, policy makers, academics, students and social commentators. You can download papers and articles below.

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Future of Workplace Relations discussion paper series

We are keen to stimulate a debate on this area and we welcome your comments. They can be sent to the paper editors Gill Dix and Sarah Podro at

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