Analysis of the Acas Model Workplace


November 2007 to July 2008

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Background, summary and aims

Background and Aims

The purpose of this study is to assess the association between workplace performance and the policies advocated by Acas in their publication ‘The Acas Model Workplace’. This document advises employers to put in place a range of systems and procedures, develop relationships with employees and work with them, on the grounds that this will contribute to business success. The study will explore whether workplaces which implement the key features of the model workplace perform better than establishments without such arrangements. This research will be used to refine and develop the guidance that Acas offers to employers.

Project Design

This project will use cross-sectional data from the Workplace Employment Relations Survey (WERS) to investigate whether establishments which implement a set of practices advocated by Acas perform better than workplaces without such practices. The study will make use of linked data from the WERS 2004 management survey, the survey of employees and the financial performance questionnaire. As a result, it will be possible to observe the relationship between practices implemented in the workplace and the views of employees in those same establishments, as well as performance outcomes. The use of these data makes it possible to take account of the environment in which practices are implemented, and how this is associated with financial performance, as well as the direct relationship between practices and performance. The analysis will be multivariate and seek to control for differences in performance between workplaces due to institutional factors.