David MacLeod to share expertise on employee engagement at free EngageEast meeting in Cambridge
How engaged are employees at your company?
Research has shown that there is a firm link between an organisation’s productivity and performance across all sectors and employee engagement. Yet 2016 data from US research and analytics group Gallup found that only eight per cent of British employees are engaged at work, down from 17 per cent in 2012.
Fortunately, help is at hand at EngageEast’s inaugural network meeting, taking place on Monday (December 2) at the Bradfield Centre on Cambridge Science Park.
David MacLeod will open the free event by sharing his thoughts on the state of employee engagement.
He is the co-author of the 2009 MacLeod report for the government on the subject, and co-founder of the resulting Engage for Success task force, which promotes employee engagement as a better way to work for all. Among his senior leadership roles in the UK and Europe was divisional CEO at ICI and he was a senior advisor on change and performance at the Cabinet Office.
“Employee engagement used to be seen as a ‘fluffy’ topic but, over the past 10 years, it has gradually levitated to board-level,” he said. “However, we haven’t moved the dial nearly enough.
“External and internal forces are making employee engagement even more critical to organisational success. Like the need to innovate to stay ahead of the competition; customers and employees are more demanding; technology is changing the way we work.
“More than ever, organisations need to become more people-centric and committed to creating the right conditions for their people to give their best each and every day.”
EngageEast and its meetings are facilitated by Burwell-based corporate communications consultancy Cofinitive.
The company’s founder and director Faye Holland said: “EngageEast is very much a community-led network,. We encourage anyone with an interest in employee engagement to attend the event, to join the LinkedIn group and help shape the debate in our region.
“We know that employee engagement leads to better business outcomes. With that in mind we hope that people will feel compelled to come and hear from this opportunity hear from a renowned UK expert, and take those insights back to their employer and colleagues. It’s about sharing the knowledge and influencing others to take action.”
Attendees to the event on Monday December 2 will network, share ideas and take part in an open discussion about employee engagement across the East of England.
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