The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has welcomed the government's recent announcement that it is to boost its funding for the employment dispute resolution system.
Revealed earlier this week, the plans mean that £37 million will be targeted at preventing disputes going to employment tribunals unnecessarily.
"Hopefully this investment signals the start of a gradual culture change in how conflict at work is managed," stated Mike Emmott, CIPD employee relations adviser.
"We are delighted by the government's decision to invest in Acas to help develop its helpline and other services to support effective and early conflict resolution," he added.
The additional money will be used to expand the advice and helpline services provided by Acas and pilot schemes are set to be conducted throughout the UK over the next 12 months.
According to CIPD research, the average employer spends 350 days a year of management time dealing with formal disciplinary and grievance cases.