UK Government Launches New Employee Engagement Portal
Employee engagement is one of the foremost issues facing managers today. At a time of financial and economic risk and uncertainty, getting the most out of each employee has never been more pressing.
The UK economy is estimated to be losing £26 billion each year through poor engagement and low productivity.
The UK government has attempted to support managers by launching a new portal dedicated to improving employee engagement. The portal, called Engage for Success was launched this week with support from public, private and non-profit sector organizations.
The portal was launched off the back of research showing that just 1/3 UK employees are engaged at work, placing the UK 9th out of the 12 largest economies in the world. In other words, 20 million employees are not operating at 100% at work.
Commenting on the launch the Prime Minister David Cameron said:
“Engage for Success is a movement that I helped launch last year to get UK workers more involved in the decision making of their companies and feel more passionate about their work.
“This meeting of leading companies and the publication of new evidence is an important step in achieving this and helping Britain to compete in the global race. With only a third of UK workers saying they feel engaged I encourage all companies to get involved in this important initiative.”
Central figures behind the new portal are David MacLeod and Nita Clarke. They felt the portal was crucial in helping Britain meet the challenges faced globally.
“As the UK faces up to the challenges of recession and global competition, improving productivity and performance among the UK workforce has to be a national priority and central to our country’s growth agenda.
“Leaders at today’s launch understand the importance of employee engagement to the success of their organizations, now and in the future. Engagement is also vital for individual employees’ well being. With such clear evidence about why engagement matters – for individuals, for organizations and for UKplc – there is a huge opportunity to be tapped.
That is why our voluntary movement is launching a free for use website to help every organization – big and small – engage with their employees better”.