Government to review employee engagement

Business Secretary John Hutton has today announced a review on new ways to improve employee performance and stimulate British business.
David MacLeod, employee engagement expert, will lead the review with Nita Clark, Director of the Involvement and Participation Association, a workplace involvement organisation. The review will consider ways the government and employers can work together to improve employee and business productivity. It will make recommendations early in 2009.
Hutton comments: "The most successful companies recognise that their employees are their most valuable asset. Employee engagement is not just a buzzword - it has a clear link to increased business success.

"Research suggests engaged employees perform better and stay in their jobs longer, and that if a business invests in boosting skills and engagement, profits will increase.

"We need to better understand what drives some businesses to engage with their workforce and invest in their people more than others and look at how we can urge others to do the same.”

David MacLeod adds: "The fact that only around 12% of the UK workforce can be considered as highly engaged shows that there is potential for huge gains for the economy if we can improve in this area.

"I look forward to working with the Government on this exciting project, which will provide a unique opportunity to look in-depth at how British business can maximise its potential and increase its competitiveness in the global economy.”

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