The results are in!
We have now closed the pre-election survey on attitudes to employment and analysed the results.
Firstly, thank you to all those people who participated in the survey, your feedback is very much appreciated. We had a good turnover.
We have prepared a slideshow which summarises the data from the responses we received. If you would like to receive a copy of the slides please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Survey Slides" in the subject box.
A number of interesting points appear to emerge from the responses.
The introduction by the previous coalition government of Employment Tribunal fees and increasing the length of service threshold from 1 year to 2 years before an employee can claim unfair dismissal aimed (in part) to reduce the administrative burden on employers. In addition, compulsory Early Conciliation by ACAS was introduced last year, also to try and reduce employee disputes escalating to Tribunal.
From the survey responses, these changes have not had any appreciable impact on employers' willingness to recruit employees, or how they manage employee issues in the workplace. Further, the specific responses to the question about what change to employment law they wished to see would suggest that employers still feel that complying with employment law is too bureaucratic a process, and that dealing with poor performing employees in particular is an unnecessary burden for SMEs.
These responses tend to suggest that two of the key employment changes of the previous coalition government haven't necessarily achieved one of their hoped-for aims, the only visible result being the substantial reduction in the number of Employment Tribunal claims arising.
Perhaps as a direct consequence, respondents have had very limited dealings with ACAS' Early Conciliation Service.
The results of the survey suggest that whilst there have still been a relatively high number of employee grievances or potential claims, most of these are either resolved internally, or if they aren't, then they aren't being pursued externally by the employee, as the number of matters proceeding to ACAS Early Conciliation or to an ET claim are very small. This is consistent with the wider trend across the UK.
The 8 most common responses to our question about the single employment issue of greatest concern are the usual suspects of managing poor performance, sickness (both long-term and short-term), family leave and flexible working requests, recruitment problems, confidentiality and post-termination competition by employees and hours of work.
These responses resonate with us as they are ones which we deal with more frequently than any other.
Free "HR Forum"
To try and assist employers to feel better equipped to deal with these issues more confidently, we are going to be running a series of free HR Forums at 3volution's offices at 10 South Parade, Leeds focussing on each of these issues. These will be round-table peer-group discussion to share ideas and experiences, the do's and don'ts, with some legal input to give context to the specific issue being focussed on that day. The first HR Forum will be on Friday 4 September 2015 from 8.30 – 10.30 and will look at "Managing Employee Performance". Breakfast will be provided. Places will be limited and can't be guaranteed without prior booking. So if you are interested in attending, please contact email@example.com as soon as possible to confirm your interest.
If you have any questions regarding the survey then please do not hesitate to contact our Head of Employment, Paul Ball on 0113 246 2312 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The results are in!