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New Task Force for employee engagement

Independent Task Force launched to improve levels of employee engagement.

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Prime Minister David Cameron gave his backing to a new independent Employee Engagement Task Force launched today.

Leading professionals from the public and private sector joined the Prime Minister and Business Minister Edward Davey alongside the Chair of the Task Force, David MacLeod, at Number 10.

The Task Force will ensure that there will be opportunities for organisations wanting to learn about engagement. It will share good practice, generate debate and offer support via a new website, details of which will be announced shortly.

It builds on the report ‘Engaging for Success’, which David MacLeod and Nita Clarke produced in 2009 for BIS.

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.”

Next Steps

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

It will also tackle key issues identified in the MacLeod Review such as barriers to wider adoption of engagement, how to harness engagement for innovation, and how to maintain morale through difficult challenges such as downsizing.

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Published 29 March 2011