Hello PPMA members and friends

Our President, Martin Rayson has joined a high-level task force of some of the UK’s most recognisable organisations to call 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 in productivity each year.

On Monday 12th November in London, leaders from across private and public sector held a ‘launch breakfast’ of the Engage for Success Movement. This breakfast meeting and evidence paper formed the launch event of the ‘Go Live’ fortnight which has been in planning for a number of months now, and will culminate in a review of all of the Taskforce work streams, including the practitioner community which I personally have been involved in over the past few years.

PPMA are sponsors of the Engage for Success Movement and Martin signed the open letter to The Times last week, Carolyn Downs, LGA Chief Excutive attended the launch event last week, it’s a high profile movement to be involved in, as you will see from the comments from the Prime Minister last week.

Commenting on Monday’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 last Monday was 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.

Over the past 12 months PPMA members will have been invited to numerous ‘Engage for Success Practitioner Events’ across the UK. At these events, engagement practitioners got together to share best practise and ideas, gain ideas to take back to the workplace, build friendships and widen their networks, and of course, have some fun. The practitioners developed a video last year to tell you more about what we are attempting to achieve across the UK. You can see it here. You will recognise some of the core Members of the Taskforce as we ran a session at the PPMA Seminar in Birmingham in 2012, with case studies from BT, GKN, Birmingham City Council and Essex County Council.

There are many more practitioner events planned in the coming months, and we will be sharing these through the PPMA website,  newsletters or regional chairs. If you want to host one in your region let me know and leave a comment! You just need a room, some tea and coffee, a projector and lots of enthusiasm. We have ready prepared materials, advice and support on the end of the phone to help you with the rest.

PPMA members will know the Engage for Success Movement is led by David Macleod and Nita Clarke. They were the authors of the original Engaging for Success Report in 2009 (Many PPMA members were case studies in the report, including Birmingham City Council). Nita spoke at the recent PPMA Members Event at the CIPD Conference.

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 UK plc – 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”.

Please come and join the movement over at engageforsuccess and you can watch the launch video below.

Look forward to your thoughts!

Raffaela Goodby

Head of Engagement, Reward and Recognition, Birmingham City Council


Engage for Success Video