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Employees must be engaged more, report finds

Employees must be engaged more, report finds

Category: Business

Updated: 04/08/2009
First Published: 16/07/2009

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Involving employees fully in the future of the businesses where they work is crucial if firms are to take advantage of new opportunities and drive innovation, an independent review has concluded.

Commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the MacLeod Review has recommended government support and more co-operation by UK businesses both large and small to ensure relationships between workers and employers is central to successful business plans.

Specifically, the review has recommended: the Government works on raising awareness of the benefits of employee benefits and techniques; agencies and the Government work together to ensure their support is aligned and tailored to the needs of different organisations in various industry sectors; and a range of practical support for businesses that are keen to raise levels of employee engagement be available by March next year.

"This is about unleashing the potential of people at work and enabling them to be the best they can be," said David MacLeod. "Whether we are in a downturn or in better economic times, engagement is key to innovation and competitiveness."

Nita Clarke, who helped lead the review, commented: "By respecting the contribution employees can make and by ensuring they are fully involved in developing their organisation's future, employers can help unlock their full potential.

"If workplaces up and down the UK learn from the best standards that are already in place, the whole country will benefit."

The review comes just a day after it was revealed that the number of unemployed people grew by a quarterly record of 281,000 in the three months to May.

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