It’s 9 years since Nita Clarke and David McLeod (read here) highlighted the links between employee engagement and productivity and the Engage for Success movement has been taking action to improve both ever since. The annual Engage for Success conference took place yesterday at QE Centre in Westminster, Gaynor Lewis,  Phil James and I attended to represent the Institute. Here are some of the highlights of the day.

MyLeadership Opportunities (Find out more)

Matthew Taylor talked about his recent report on Good Work, the report recognises as we do, that leadership happens everywhere and many of us engage in leadership activity without appreciating that’s actually what we’re doing. Take our MyLeadership Opportunities quiz and you’ll see exactly what Matthew was talking about.

Flexible Working
Katie McSweeeney from Mumsnet entertained and informed us with stories from Mumsnet and what flexible working actually means for Mumsnet employees. I’d met Katie previously at the Womens’ All Party Parliamentary group when we’d been invited by Mims Davies MP to talk about our own flexible working research.

Caroline Anderson

Many of us notice fluctuations in the housing market and it often affects our decisions to move or stay but the consequences of us not moving are most serious for the employees of HM Land Registry. Following the house market collapse in 2008, HM Land Registry were faced with office closures and large-scale redundancies. HR & OD Director Caroline Anderson gave us an honest and inspirational account of what HMLR did to transform their low engagement scores and make HMLR an altogether much better place to work.

Leadership and Engagement Thought and Action Group (TAG)

We chair this group so were particularly keen to hear what the other TAGs have been doing. Our current project is focusing on coaching as an approach to engagement. If you are interested in contributing to this research please contact