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Do you need your boss?

Do you need your boss?
Dear Colleague,  

Welcome to the latest newsletter from Acas East of England. In our March issue for Norfolk:


Workplace News:


Sick couriers can be charged £250 if they can't find cover brings employment status back into the news again with more questions about the employment rights of self-employed couriers.


Recently updated Acas guidance: Employment Status including self-employment



Sickness absence is down to an average of 4.3 days per worker according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS).  This is the lowest recorded rate since records began in 1993!  How can you keep your absence rate this low?


Acas step by step guide for small firms - Managing Absence


Managing absence - E-learning Module



Do you need your boss?  Find out what UK employees think with results of a YouGov poll in this IPPR blog with some shocking statistics.  This blog highlights the importance of employee voice in boosting productivity.


Acas guidance:  Employee Engagement


YouTube video: How to increase productivity in the workplace





90% of delegates are likely to recommend the training to a colleague or other manager.


Our schedule of training events for the next financial year has now been published on our website. 


If you are thinking about how best to spend your development budget, take a look at what we are offering - we are repeatedly told that our training is good value for money and we strive to make it as practical and relevant as possible.


Don't feel limited by what we offer on the website.  We can tailor training to your workplace too.  We're happy to visit you to discuss your training needs.  Just contact us via our website or call our customer services team to arrange an appointment 0300 123 1150.



Kind regards


Caroline Plummer

Area Director, Acas East of England


Article by ACAS East of England

Acas provides free and impartial information and advice to employers and employees on all aspects of workplace relations and employment law. We support good relationships between employers and employees which underpin business. But when things go wrong we can also help by providing conciliation to help resolve workplace problems. We also provide good value, high quality training and tailored advice to employers.

There is a wealth of information including template letters, record sheets and contracts on our website:, along with useful online tools and e-learning packages - all free.

We also have a helpline for free advice to employers and employees:  0300 123 1100.

For more information about our work in Suffolk, home of our area office visit