In 2016 the Office for National Statistics reported that the UK productivity gap had widened to its worst level since records began. Worse still, in Wales, labour productivity was almost 20% below the UK average. What does this mean for your business or organisation?

Gallup’s Global Workplace found that Gallup found a positive statistical correlation between employee engagement and productivity (and therefore profitability). They concluded that increasing employee engagement is one of the best ways to improve productivity.

But how? McKinsey research has consistently shown that good leadership is a critical part of organisational health. Engagement and creating engaged employees is something that managers and executives can influence (whether a micro-business or multi-national). So improving levels of engagement is a key area for strategic change in order to impact on productivity.

This event will provide answers to the key question: “How can you positively influence your employee engagement?”


Barbara Chidgey

Executive Chair of the Leading Wales Awards Consortium

Kate Cooper

Head of Research

Kate shapes an innovative research programme at The Institute of Leadership & Management designed to inform, inspire and impact the practice of great leadership wherever it happens. Her role is informed by her career as a senior academic in a university business school, focusing on strategy, leadership and professional development. 

Kate is also a conference keynote speaker, internationally, and provides expert commentary on a range of topics arising from the Institute’s research agenda. She is regularly quoted in regional, national and international media, has appeared on both BBC television and radio, is a Forbes contributor and has a regular column in Dialogue Review, the business magazine for leaders.

Tom Wood


CEO of the RWA Group and a previous Leading Wales Awards’ winner

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