Employee Relations

Those in Employee Relations roles seek to develop and maintain positive working relationships between an organisation and its people. By aligning organisational strategy with employee needs, they help develop effective people practices and policies. While employee relations is a function of HR, its major role is liaising between employer and employees, seeking external legal counsel where required.

Good employee relationship management translates into increased employee wellbeing, engagement and therefore performance. 

Employee Relations roles tend to be at the Mid to Senior level requiring some prior HR experience and knowledge of local employment law practices. 

An Employee Relations specialist will:

  • Create people policies
  • Deal with complex cases, such as disciplinaries, grievances and appeals
  • Support the organisation through restructures 
  • Ensure engagement is maintained and managers are involving their staff
  • Manage the relationship between the organisations and unions or employee bodies
  • Deal with disputes appropriately, e.g through mediation or tribunal cases
  • Ensure managers are upskilled to deal with employees in a fair and effective manner
  • Oversee all people practices to ensure they are legally compliant

Job titles for this discipline include, Employee Relations: Officer, Advisor, Manager, Head of Employee Relations, Director of Employee Relations. ​

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