UK Prime Minister Gives Full Backing To Employee Engagement
The UK is leading the way in employee engagement. It is wonderful to see the UK government get fully behind employee engagement and take the next step beyond the wonderful work that was done by David MacLeod and Nita Clarke’s on Engaging for Success.
Here are some major snippets from the UK New Services:
The Prime Minister today gave his backing to a new independent Employee Engagement Task Force during a launch event at 10 Downing Street. The Task Force will ensure that a range of practical opportunities are made available for organisations wanting to learn about engagement. It will share good practice, generate debate and offer support via a new website. It will build on the report ‘Engaging for Success’, which David MacLeod and Nita Clarke produced in 2009 for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
At the launch of the Task Force, Prime Minister David Cameron said:
“This taskforce has my full support because I know that it will work to bring together two of my government’s top priorities – delivering sustainable growth across the UK, and coming up with new approaches to help people improve their wellbeing.
“I think the public and private sectors can learn a lot from each other. This initiative fits well with our agenda of devolved power and authority and shows how effective companies can be when they feel empowered. I am delighted that the Employment Engagement Taskforce has come together to develop practical ways to help all employers learn from the best, to break down barriers to engagement and to raise the profile of this whole agenda.”
Employment Relations Minister Edward Davey said:
“Workers know better than anyone how the firm they work for can grow, innovate and succeed. For any business or organisation a committed and involved workforce that are all pulling in the same direction is essential.
This isn’t just about ending “them and us” attitudes. It’s about a better way to work. Employee engagement is essentially about growth, so it’s right the private sector should lead this taskforce.”
Chair of the Employment Engagement Task Force David MacLeod said:
“If employee engagement and the principles that lie behind it were more widely understood and shared we could see a step change in productivity and performance across the UK, and a rise in levels of employee wellbeing and motivation. Engaged employees will be key to growth in the private sector and ‘better for less’ in the public sector.”
Vice Chair Nita Clarke said:
“People are at the heart of success for companies and organisations, so whether or not the workforce is positively encouraged to perform at its best should be a key consideration for every leader and manager, and should be placed at the heart of business strategy. Where this happens the results are transformational. Spreading this message widely will be the key task of this new employer led task force.”
The Task Force will collaborate with leading academics, think tanks and leading practitioners.
It will report back next year on the strategies it recommends that organisations should adopt to promote best practice and learning. The Task Force will also tackle key issues identified in the MacLeod Review such as the barriers to wider adoption of engagement, how to harness engagement for innovation and how to maintain morale through difficult challenges such as downsizing. The remaining members will be confirmed when the Task Force next meets in April.
I trust this will make a big difference and increase employee engagement in the UK and encourage other governments around the world to step up and create fuller engagement for all! Click here for more information and to read the original news release. I wish everyone involved the best of success!
David Zinger is devoted to employee engagement and he is thrilled by the steps the UK government has taken to increase employee engagement. You can learn more about David and his work on engagement at www.davidzinger.com.