Yesterday we had an ACAS representative come to our company and do a full day's training by about 'Employing People'.
There were 13 of us there from my company and our sister company and I must say it was an excellent use of time and money. As well as myself and my Manager from HR, we invited all of the Department Manager's and the main line manager from our biggest department onto the training.
Having everyone there to get the same information was a really good idea. They all engaged with the subjects ranging from recruitment and awareness of discrimination, through to disciplinaries and absence management. Most of the managers have just learned how to do things over the years so this was a great way to get them all thinking in a similar way and we can now work on this groundwork to build up a consistant approach to staff management and performance across the company.
On a personal note, I was really impressed how much of the information I already knew about thanks to my CIPD course that I've been doing this year. It's nice to have it confirmed that it is 'sinking in!'
(Also, the lady who trained us has been on the same course with DPG...)