A new group which aims to create thriving workplaces through employee engagement is to be launched with support from Nottingham Business School (NBS) at Nottingham Trent University.
The Engage for Success East Midlands Regional Group is being led by Dr Sarah Pass, a senior lecturer in Human Resource Management at NBS, in response to interest from companies in the region wishing to create and nurture a positive and productive workforce, particularly during a time of economic uncertainty.
The group is part of the national, not-for-profit Engage for Success movement, which began after an independent report for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills – known as the MacLeod Review – demonstrated the links between employee engagement and increased organisational performance and productivity.
Sarah, who volunteers for Engage for Success, said: “Workplaces thrive on the energy and ideas of the people who work there. For them to give their best every day, they need to be happy in their employment and committed to the values and goals of their employer.
“Given the connection between employee engagement and productivity, issues of low productivity in the East Midlands, and the current post-referendum climate, it has become clear that there are many organisations in the region are wanting to focus on ways to help motivate and engage their people whilst also looking after their wellbeing. It is an issue affecting every organisation. The focus of the group is to provide a space and opportunity for organisations to come together.
“A series of events will take place throughout the year and the topics will be driven by the interests of the group and what is really useful to them, such as line manager engagement, how SMEs can motivate colleagues without the budget for big rewards, and ‘wicked’ thinking.
“We’ll be looking at problems and solutions in an interactive and beneficial way and we hope that people will share what works, and what hasn’t worked, and learn from each other.”
The official launch of the group is on Tuesday 27 November at Nottingham Conference Centre with talks from David MacLeod, the founder of Engage for Success and co-author of the MacLeod Review; Faran Johnson, managing director of Engage for Success; and Rory Campbell, John Lewis Management Board. There will also be presentations from regional organisations.