The Cabinet Office has just published a statement on the principles of good employment practice. In it, employee engagement is highlighted as the sixth principle.
The document notes
6. Employee engagement
i. The themes identified in Drive for Change place leadership, the design and delivery of service improvements, communications and a framework for staff engagement as vital components in ensuring and enhancing employee engagement.
ii. The Macleod Review on employee engagement cited evidence of a positive correlation between an engaged workforce and improving performance. Building on the findings of the review, Government will encourage contractors to develop effective staff engagement strategies that enable people to be the best they can be at work.
iii. Government recognises the premise that engagement between employee, employer and a recognised trade union where appropriate can be a key to unlocking productivity and creating a motivated workforce that feels respected, involved, heard, is well led and valued by those they work for and with.
So, once again, engagement has landed at the top of the people management agenda. The need for a ‘framework for staff engagement’ is flagged as ‘vital’. Interestingly, the Government are now to encourage its own suppliers to develop effective strategies for engagement – ‘to enable people to be the best they can be at work’.