CEOs from across the Nation Call on UK to Deliver £26bn GDP Growth by Better
Engaging Employees at Work, Says Engage for Success
*The UK is missing out on the full capability of 20 million workers because
they are not actively engaged with their jobs and their employers
*Two thirds of UK workers surveyed feel they have “more to offer” at work
LONDON -- November 12, 2012
At a time of unprecedented economic and financial uncertainty, a high-level
task force of some of the UK’s most recognisable organisations is today
calling for every leader and manager across the economy to play their part in
tackling the UK’s employee engagement deficit, which is estimated to result in
the UK missing out on some £26bn^1 in GDP each year.
Leaders from private, public and third sector organisations came together at
the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in London to launch the
latest evidence about the effectiveness of employee engagement, presented by
the nationwide ‘Engage for Success’ task force.
An analysis of the evidence launched today shows that:
*Only around a third of UK employees say they are actively engaged at work,
placing the UK ninth in engagement levels among the world’s twelve largest
economies (Kenexa, 2009^2).
*This represents some 20 million workers who are not delivering their full
capability or realising their potential at work
*In a Populus survey (2012), 64% of people said they have more tooffer in
skills and talent than they are currently demonstrating or being asked to
demonstrate at work^3
*ONS data reveals that on an output per worker basis, UK productivity was
20 percentage points lower than the rest of the G7 in 2011^4
*Even in turbulent economic times, organisations with high engagement
levels outperformed the total stock market index and posted total
shareholder returns that were higher than average in 2010^5.
‘Engage for Success’ is an independent, voluntary group of leaders, managers,
trade unionists, engagement practitioners and experts who are backing the
importance of employee engagement. The group was first launched by the Prime
Minister in March 2011 and today’s evidence launch is a key milestone for
Commenting on today’s 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."
Also launched today is a national website (www.engageforsuccess.org) which is
full of case studies, tools and techniques on how to better engage employees.
The website is a free to use national resource which will help leaders and
managers take practical action to engage their people.
David MacLeod and Nita Clarke, Co-Chairs of the Task Force said:
“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 organisations, now and in the future. Engagement is also
vital for individual employees’ wellbeing. With such clear evidence about why
engagement matters – for individuals, for organisations 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 organisation – big and small – engage with their employees better”.
Note to editors
Images from today’s evidence launch will be available from 13:00.
About Engage for Success:
Engage for Success is a movement committed to the idea that there is a better
way to work; a better way to enable personal growth, organisational growth and
ultimately growth for Britain by releasing more of the capability and
potential of people at work. It is a voluntary movement of leaders, managers,
engagement practitioners and experts who have come together to take the
message about the importance of employee engagement out across the UK economy.
The Engage for Success movement builds upon the publication of ‘Engaging for
Success’, a report to Government in 2009. In 2010, the Coalition Government
asked the authors, David MacLeod and Nita Clarke, to further spread the ideas
in their report by ensuring a wider national awareness of and results from the
importance of engagement.
A series of ‘Engage for Success’ events across the UK follow in the coming
weeks and months, helping practitioners to share knowledge and to continue
encouraging good practice on employee engagement. These start with a major
event on November 26^th at the QEII Conference Centre in London to mobilise
The CEOs due to attend today’s event are listed below. Please check the Engage
for Success website (www.engageforsuccess.org) for the most up-to-date list.
1. Marc Bolland – Chief Executive, M&S
2. Andy Harrison – Chief Executive, Whitbread
3. Barbara Frost – Chief Executive, Water Aid
4. Eric Collins – MD, Nampak
5. Ian King – CEO, BAE Systems
6. Richard Baker – Chairman - Virgin Active, Nectar, DFS
7. Ronan Dunne – Chief Executive, O2
8. Steve Mogford – Chief Executive, United Utilities
9. Mark Elborne – Chief Executive for North Europe, GE
10. Martin Donnelly – Permanent Secretary, Department for Business, Innovation
11. Amyas Morse – Auditor General, National Audit Office
12. Justin King – CEO, Sainsbury’s
13. Rob Devey – CEO, UK & Europe, Prudential
14. Rona Fairhead – CEO, Financial Times Group
15. Ian Powell – Chairman & Senior Partner, PwC
16. Carolyn Downs – Chief Executive, Local Government Association
17. Sir Win Bischoff – Chairman, Lloyds Banking Group
18. Neil Bentley – Deputy Director General, CBI
19. David Evans – Chairman and CEO, Grass Roots Group
20. Nick Creswell – Vice President, Talent and Development - Technology
21. Peter Cheese – Chief Executive, CIPD
22. Bernadette Malone - Chief Executive of Perth and Kinross Council
For further statistical information:
Kenexa (NYSE: KNXA) helps drive HR and business outcomes through its unique
combination of technology, content and services. In 2012 the Kenexa High
Performance Institute (KHPI) carried out a global study on employee
engagement, speaking to more than 33,000 full time workers in 28 countries
around the world, including more than 1,000 workers in the UK (download the
KHPI report here: http://www.khpi.com/Current-R-D/WorkTrends/Context-EE). Key
evidence in the 'Nailing the Evidence Report' was taken from the Kenexa's
research and analysis of employee engagement. White papers mentioned in the
MacLeod report can be found on the KHPI website
(http://www.khpi.com/R-D-Library/White-Papers). If you would like to speak to
Vernon Bryce, from the Kenexa High Performance Institute please contact
Additional information about Kenexa and its global products and services can
be accessed at www.kenexa.com. Follow Kenexa on Twitter: @kenexa
^1 Figure from Kenexa (2012)
^2 As published in Wiley, J, W., Herman, A., Kowske, B. (2012) ‘Developing and
Validating a Global Model of Employee Engagement,’ in Handbook of Employee
Engagement: Perspectives, Issues, Research and Practice, ed. S.L. Albrecht,
Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
^3 Populus survey of 2,049 GB adults, online, between the 26^th and 28^th
October 2012, of whom 1,111 were employed either full or part time.
^4 Office for National Statistics, ‘International Comparisons of Productivity,
First Estimates for 2011’ (2012)
^5 Aon Hewitt (2010)
For media enquiries, including interview requests:
Engage for Success
Claire Bishop, 020 7215 5080
Cohn & Wolfe
Tom Fraser, 020 7331 5396 / 07921 025 830
Helen Searle, 020 7331 5309 / 07879 603 334
For interviews with the author of the ‘Employee Engagement – the Evidence’
University of Bath
Will Marsh, 01225 386285
Head of Corporate Communications
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