Today, employee relations is seen as focusing on both individual and collective relationships in the workplace. A positive climate of employee relations - with high levels of employee involvement, commitment and engagement - can improve business outcomes and contribute to employees' wellbeing.

This factsheet explores the current state of the employment relationship. It considers the continuing value of positive employee relations for trade unions, employers, HR practitioners and managers.

This factsheet was last updated by Rachel Suff: Senior Employee Relations Adviser, CIPD

Rachel informs CIPD policy thinking on health and wellbeing as well as employment relations. She has over 20 years’ experience in the employment and HR arena.

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