Staff keep 'quiet'

A recent survey found that although internal communication in UK companies is improving steadily, staff still feel unable to 'speak up'.

In a poll undertaken by ORC International, 64% of workers claimed to be aware of their organisation's long term goals.

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Regulations about to change this

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Businesses will soon be obliged to listen to employee respresentatives or face a fine of £75,000 under the Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations 2004.

Under these regs if 10% of the workforce want to have a representative to negotiate and consult on their behalf the employer must set up a formal arrangement to do this. Many large companies already have works councils that perform this role. However some form of formal consultation will become complusory for many more employers from the following dates:

6 April 2005 - those with 150 or more employees
6 April 2007 - with 100 or more employees
6 April 2008 - with 50 or more employees.

Rebecca Cave