Open Letter to the Times – The Importance of Employee Engagement to the UK 


As sponsors of Engage for Success, the national employee engagement task force launched by the Prime Minister last year, we are publishing today, compelling evidence of the effectiveness of employee engagement in driving performance and productivity for the economy.

Employee engagement is good for individuals, good for business and good for UK growth. The evidence is compelling.  Only a third of people are fully engaged at work, the remainder not reaching their full potential. Research also suggests that £26bn in added GDP could be realised from this wasted opportunity.

Today’s report, Employee Engagement – the Evidence, shows clearly that organisations with high engagement levels outperform their low engagement counterparts in both private industry and in public service. Engaged organisations also report lower staff absence, lower turnover, fewer accidents and are linked to increased employee wellbeing.

Our organisations each have different challenges, but we all believe improving employee engagement can help improve productivity and performance in the UK, and thereby stimulate economic growth.

With two thirds of the UK work force failing to reach its full potential, we invite UK plc to join this movement for better engagement at work, so we all raise our game to meet the challenges ahead.

Signed by:

Lord Gus O’Donnell, former Head of Home Civil Service
Nigel Stein, CEO, GKN
Adam Balon, Co-founder, Innocent
Neil Bentley, Deputy Director General, CBI
Marc Bolland, Marks and Spencer
Adrian Brown, CEO, UK and Western Europe, Royal Sun Alliance
Peter Cheese, CEO, CIPD
Eric Collins, CEO, Nampak
Carolyn Downs, CE, Local Government Assoc
Ronan Dunne, CEO, O2
Barbara Frost, CE, WaterAid
John Hannett, General Secretary, USDAW
Stephen Howard, CE, Business in the Community
Ian King, CEO, BAE Systems
Ian Livingston, CEO, BT
Tim Melville-Ross, Chairman, HEFCE
Sir Eric Peacock, Entrepreneur, SME Sector
Martin Rayson, President, PPMA
Peter Sands, CEO, Standard Chartered
Ed Sweeney, Chairman, ACAS
John Neill, CE, Unipart
Sir John Armitt, Chairman, Olympic Delivery Authority
Mark Elborne, CEO Northern Europe, General Electric
Christopher Hyman, CEO, Serco Group plc
Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO, WPP
Andy Harrison, CEO, Whitbread
Richard Baker, Chairman, Virgin Active, DFS and Nectar
Brendan Barber, General Secretary, TUC
Sir Win Bischoff, Chairman, Lloyds Banking Group
Karen Boswell, Managing Director, East Coast
Alex Gourlay, CEO, Health and Beauty Division, Alliance Boots
Sir Merrick Cockell, Chairman, Local Government Assoc
Rob Devey, CEO, UK and Europe, Prudential
Paul Drechsler, Chairman and CE, Wates Group
David Evans MBE, CEO, Grass Roots Group
Sir Stephen Bubb, CE, Acevo
Sir Peter Housden, Permanent Secretary, Scottish Gov
Antony Jenkins, Barclays Group Chief Executive
Justin King, CEO, Sainsburys
Charlie Mayfield, Chairman, John Lewis Partnership
Steve Mogford, CEO, United Utilities
Ian Powell, Chairman and Senior Partner, PwC
Dean Royles, Director, NHS Employers
John Walker, Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses

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