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Prime Minister unveils new taskforce on employee engagement

The Prime Minister has launched a new independent employee engagement taskforce. Members of the government-sponsored group include the chair, David MacLeod, deputy chair, Nita Clarke and other leading professionals from the public and private sector.

The taskforce is designed to 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 web site, building 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 taskforce, 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.”


The taskforce will collaborate with leading academics, think tanks and practitioners. It will report back next year on the strategies it recommends that organisations should adopt to promote best practice and learning.

The taskforce 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.

A final word

“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.” - David MacLeod, Chair of the Employment Engagement Task Force.

Want to know more?

Click here to read more about the employee engagement taskforce.

Date 11/04/2011

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