Inside the Workplace : Findings from the 2004 Workplace Employment Relations Survey book cover
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Inside the Workplace
Findings from the 2004 Workplace Employment Relations Survey

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ISBN 9780415378130
Published August 18, 2006 by Routledge
408 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Based on the primary analysis of the 2004 Workplace Employment Relations Survey (WERS 2004), this is the fifth book in the series which began in 1980, and which is considered to be one of the most authoritative sources of information on employment relations in Great Britain. Interviews were conducted with managers and employee representatives in over 3,000 workplaces, and over 20,000 employees returned a self-completion questionnaire. This survey links the views from these three parties, providing a truly integrated picture of employment relations.

This book provides a descriptive mapping of employment relations, examining the principal features of the structures, practices and outcomes of workplace employment relations. The reader can explore differences according to the characteristics of the workplace and organization, including workplace size, industrial sector and ownership. Current debates are examined in detail, including an assessment of the impact of the Labour Government's programme of employment relations reform.

A key reference from a respected and important institution, this book is a valuable 'sourcebook' for students, academics and practitioners in the fields of employee relations, human resource management, organizational behaviour and sociology.

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Table of Contents

 1. Introduction  2. A Profile of Workplaces and Employees  3. The Management of Employment Relations  4. Recruiting, Training and Work Organization  5. Representation, Consultation and Communication  6. Employee Representatives  7. The Determination of Pay and other Terms and Conditions  8. Workplace Conflict  9. Equality, Diversity and Work-Life Balance  10. Workplace Climate and Performance  11. Summary and Conclusions

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Barbara Kersley (Head of the WERS Research Team) and Carmen Alpin are both Principal Research Officers at the Department of Trade and Industry. John Forth is a Research Fellow at the National Institute for Economic and Social Research. Alex Bryson is a Principal Research Fellow and Helen Bewley is a Research Fellow, both at the Policy Studies Institute. Gill Dix is a Principal Research Officer and Sarah Oxenbridge is a Senior Research Officer at the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas). and