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The IR Guru recommends a small number of professional organisations offering specialist services in the field of employee relations, industrial relations and labor relations.

We have no commercial or financial ties with these organisations, we endorse them solely on the basis of quality of service and expertise. If you are looking for additional support in these areas, these organisations are worth contacting. 



Make Work Better is an employee relations consultancy founded by Debbie Sanders. Debbie is an ER specialist and qualified mediator with over 30 years’ experience in unionised workplaces in the public and private sector. Make Work Better specialises in working with leadership teams and unions to build positive and constructive relationships, often after a dispute or breakdown in collective relationships. Its core areas of work are:

– employee relations audits

– rebuilding relationships after conflict

– ER coaching and training

– negotiation skills

– ER team design

– policy modernisation

– mediation.



For 30 years, it’s been CMP’s ambition to create workplaces where people can be authentic, bringing their ‘whole self’ to work, without fear of conflict or reprisal.

It specialises in the following areas of workplace relationship development: 

  • Developing psychological safety, within teams and individuals, using the Fearless Organisation Scan™ and Conversational Integrity™
  • Investigation and independent inquiries into whistleblowing, ethics, compliance, grievance, harassment, bullying and discrimination
  • Workplace mediation: Informally reducing the financial and emotional cost of conflict to your business
  • Training: Managers spend around 40% of their time resolving conflict at work. CMP training programmes allow for the development of technical and soft skills to help manage and prevent workplace disputes more effectively.


F&H Solutions Group (FHSG)

A national labor relations and HR consulting firm located in Washington, D.C. Consultants have more than 175 years of human resources, labor relations, advisory, strategic and negotiating experience. The organisation has negotiated contracts and worked with companies in multiple industries, including airlines, railroads, construction, education, media, real estate and more.

FHSG has extensive labor relations consulting experience, ranging from multi-employer bargaining, to mergers and consolidations, to rapid growth environments and bankruptcies. It often acts as an extension of clients’ labor relations department, participating in numerous types of negotiations, including judicial and nonjudicial restructurings as well as routine contract negotiations.