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Workplace trends of 2016

The workplace is ever evolving, bringing opportunities and challenges on how best to manage workplace relationships and deliver success.

To help employers, managers and HR professionals plan for the year ahead and look at how the issues of the day might affect them, Acas has produced a special report which examines the key workplace trends in 2016.

The report pdf icon Workplace trends of 2016 [680kb] features commentary from Steve Elliott, Chief Executive of the Chemical Industries Association, Dr Makani Purva, Anti-Bullying Tsar at Hull NHS Trust, Frances O'Grady, General Secretary of the TUC, as well as a range of Acas experts including Acas Chair Sir Brendan Barber.

In this report thought-leaders discuss:

  • leadership
  • improving productivity
  • the art of communication
  • giving voice to a better way of working
  • encouraging positive behaviours in tackling bullying at work
  • the psychology of productivity.

This report gives some great insights and food for thought for everyone in the workplace and will help with planning and decision making into the future.

'We hope that these thought pieces stimulate your thinking.'

Brendan Barber, Acas Chair

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