24 July 2012 10:09
Most firms describe employee relations as "co-operative" and many believe morale is high despite the state of the economy, according to new research from the Confederation of British Industry.
A survey of more than 300 businesses, employing almost two million workers, revealed that only 5% said employee relations were adversarial.
Virtually all those polled by the CBI were confident their staff recognised the need to contain costs.
Almost a third of employers said they planned to create jobs in the next six months, while around half were planning a below-inflation pay rise.
Katja Hall, the CBI's chief policy director, said: "In the UK we have a good story to tell about collaboration in the workplace during the worst of the economic crisis. By working pragmatically and flexibly together, employers and employees have been able to safeguard and create jobs.
"With two thirds of businesses reporting high levels of co-operation in their workplace, employers clearly understand the value of engaging their employees and keeping them informed about business challenges being faced.
"The interests of employees, employers and the economy as a whole will continue to be best served by maintaining these positive employment relationships."
Albert Ellis, chief executive of recruitment firm Harvey Nash, which helped with the study, said: "The fact that two fifths of companies say that morale among staff is high or very high paints a picture of a positive, can-do atmosphere in the private sector, where businesses and employees are working together to weather economic storm clouds."