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Setting up and running a staff forum or consultative group


Employee voice is about much more than giving employees a chance to have their say. It is about setting up channels for communication and arrangements for consultation that allows employees to be actively involved in decision-making.

An effective staff forum can drive innovation and improve business outcomes, provide an early warning system for emerging problems, and ultimately increase employee engagement with their work and their organisation.

Business need

Staff representative forums can help provide an opportunity for employee voice in a coherent and managed process.  An effective forum potentially increases employee commitment to their work and is a key component of employee engagement as employees are involved in decision-making and managing change through effective communication and consultation.

Suitable For

For HR Professionals and managers who are considering setting up a staff forum or have recently done so.


Delegates will leave the session with an understanding of:

  • Relevant legislation regarding staff consultation
  • Differences between communication, consultation and negotiation
  • The benefits and potential problems caused by staff consultation
  • How to set up terms of reference for your forum
  • Roles and responsibilities of staff representatives

Have a large group of staff to train?

To save you time and money, we can deliver bespoke training at your workplace. To find out more contact our Customer Services Team on 0300 123 1150 or complete our
online enquiry form



We also offer free e-learning on a wide range of employment relations topics including working with representatives. Giving you the opportunity to work through theory, explore case studies and answer interactive questions. It's a great way to develop, enhance and refresh your knowledge.


Need more than training?

We recognise that every organisation is different. Our specialists can diagnose issues in your workplace and tailor practical solutions to address the challenges faced by you and your staff. To arrange a call or visit or to simply find out more, contact our Customer Services Team on 0300 123 1150 or complete our
online enquiry form

Venue Victoria Square House   Map (opens in new window)   Date 18/10/2019    Time 09:30 - 12:30   
Price £175.00 per person    Please note our training events are VAT exempt
To book now

* Max of 4 delegates per organisation. Please call Acas on 0300 123 1150 or email if numbers exceed this or for more details about the training session.