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Welcome to Engagement Matters #6

Firstly we’d like to say a massive congratulations to Cathy Brown who was appointed Executive Director earlier this year. Cathy has been a core member of Engage for Success since the very beginning and we are delighted to have her on board flying the flag for us full time.  Cathy has recorded a message that she would like to share with you, discussing her thoughts on Engage for Success and where she sees the movement heading over the next year through her three key initiatives.   Please click here to hear Cathy’s welcome message. 

We are also delighted to welcome new secondees to the team Mez and Karen, find out more about them and their roles below.  

Finally, we’d like to say a big thank you to each and every one of you for supporting the movement and helping us shine a light on good practice and raise the profile of employee engagement among your networks and regions. There are lots of different ways you can be involved with the movement from as little as 5 minutes.  Please do have a look at our Get Involved flyer to see how you can help  raise the profile of and spread awareness of the great practice of engagement.

David MacLeod, Nita Clarke, Cathy Brown & the Core Team

Meet our new secondees


You’ll hear us say that a movement needs to move and whilst we were sad to wave goodbye and see a couple of our secondees return to their day jobs taking a raft of new skills and bags of confidence with them we are excited to introduce you to our latest round of secondees.   Drum roll please … 

Mez Fokeer is an HR Professional who has been seconded from the Department for Work and Pensions. Mez is Engage for Success’ new Website Improvement Project Manager. 

Following BrandPie's recommendations from the website review, Mez will be putting together a core design group made up of Gurus and Practitioners as part of this review. If you are interested in getting involved to co-create the website, then please email Mez by 1st April 2015. She can be found at mez@engageforsuccess.org or contact her on 07824 609740 with any questions you may have. Don't worry you don't have to be a technical expert as the group is focusing on the content and your experience as a user. 

Staying with the website theme, if you would like to submit a Blog or share any tools or ideas then please email these to content@engageforsuccess.org for publishing.  But, before you do you may want to check our content guide.


Karen Donachie joins us a secondee from Her Majesty’s Passport Office where she has focused on learning and development and the design and implementation of new passport operating systems.  She is our new Research Director for the movement and will initially be focusing on ways to encourage the sharing of experience and knowledge among our sub groups.  Later this year she will be working with Cathy Brown and the 'wicked thinkers' (check out Cathy’s welcome message to find out more). 

On joining the movement Karen said: 

“I am thrilled to have joined the team as Research Director and I look forward to raising awareness of effective engagement. I have always realised the importance of engaging staff and throughout my career have seen many good and bad examples of staff engagement.”

Richard Mortimer has joined Engage for Success as a part-time secondee from the Ministry of Justice family of organisations where he has been involved in embedding and promoting employee engagement across the Civil Service. 

Richard’s focus as a secondee will be supporting David and Nita in their work on Transformational engagement. 

Sub Group Update


Not for Profit Sub Group

The group is starting work on a series of case studies from member organisations to share later in the year.  For more information, please contact tanya@engageforsuccess.org

Wellbeing Sub Group 
Are you a design or digital expert? Help turn a vision into reality!

The Wellbeing sub-group are very excited about their next output. It will be full of practical content to help business leaders identify the implications of key trends in wellbeing, and how they can improve wellbeing in their organisation. They hope it will complement the great work of the phase 2 group who wrote the 'Wellbeing and employee engagement: the evidence'  white paper.

We all know that business leaders are time-poor and want something easily accessible, engaging, practical and concise. So the group are keen to create something which works on- and off-line, that users can interact with to find out more about the topics that interest them. Although they have the vision, they don’t have the right skills and are looking for your help!

If you have any level of design and/or digital experience and would be able to support with either building this output, or developing requirements, please contact Hannah.Mcnicholl@nao.gsi.gov.uk or caroline.arora@serco.com.

In other news, we are pleased to announce that Hannah McNicholl will be taking on Chair of the Wellbeing sub-group, and Caroline Arora will be supporting as Coordinator. They would like to thank Gaby Cohen, the outgoing Chair, for her energy and drive in setting up phase 3 of their work, and wish her well in her future endeavours.  For more information about the Wellbeing Sub Group, please contact lauren@engageforsuccess.org


Social Media & Digital Engagement Sub Group 

Our Social Media and Digital Engagement Sub Group carries on apace.  Our challenge is to be the bridge between the C Suite and the advisors to the world of social.  The next meeting is on the 21st April in London - join us as we explore this world and move towards celebrating our work at our special Engage for Success Social Media and Digital Engagement conference later this year.  For more information contact Katherine Bassey at katherine@engageforsuccess or John Smythe at johnsmythe@engageforchange.com


New Sub Group Alert!

We’re going to be setting up a sub group and/or SIG looking at Engagement in Education, with several strands of work planned. If you’d like to get involved, please get in touch with Tanya Rice, tanya@engageforsuccess.org

Events - March 

As always there have been lots of great things happening across the movement.  Events have been hosted by Leeds City Council, the CIPD Northants Branch, ASDA and Middlesex University. Check out Emma Browes’ account of the ASDA event here  or on Yammer

The EFS Big Event was held at Leeds United Football Club which focused on Delivering Customer Excellence through Employee Engagement. 

Jo Redman and the EfS team from Wales and the West presented at the CIPD West of England Branch Conference in Bristol.

And that's not it for March as Cathy Brown was a keynote speaker at the CIPD Isle of Man Employee Engagement Conference. 

Events - April 

"Power to the People", EuroComm 2015 
Here’s an opportunity for Engage for Success members to take part in “Power to the People” the EuroComm 2015 event in London at a special rate of Â£320.  This includes: 

  •  Optional networking welcome evening on Sunday 12th April  
  • Two days of TEDs and panel discussions focusing on the often overlooked upward and lateral communication (13th & 14th April)
  • Workshop sessions for you to debate the future of communication and develop practical action plans to bring back to your organisation
  • Networking reception Monday evening plus lunches/coffee breaks

A few good reasons to join in:

  • Value – two days with communication experts, interacting with peers, plus lunches and networking receptions
  • Approach – involving everybody in discussions and debates with the focus on developing solutions which contribute to the business
  • Content – physics of engagement, social media legal challenges, customer experience, challenges of an international workforce – just some of the latest thinking and new solutions.
  • Perspective - European speakers for a wider perspective and a session on communicating across cultural and geographic boundaries
  • Career – opportunity to add to your skills portfolio
  • Action -  you can note learning points throughout and leave with a practical action plan to put in place on your return. Result!

Click here for more information and how to book


Employee Engagement Roundtable Series
PeopleValue, the employee engagement company, has launched an employee engagement roundtable series in association with Engage For Success, providing a forum for businesses to look at and discuss the four key enablers to an engaged work force and provide insight to the broader benefits that this brings.

The first roundtable will kick off at Belmond Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Great Milton, Oxfordshire on the 16th April. The event will be chaired by Director of Engage For Success, Cathy Brown and will be attended by senior HR and Reward personnel.

Click here for further information and to secure your place, 

Motivate, 22-23rd April, Excel, London

Our very own David MacLeod will be taking to the stage as a keynote speaker at Europe’s ONLY annual exhibition and conference that brings together incentive and motivation industry professionals and thought-leaders under one roof over two days. 

Attend Motivate to network with prospects, suppliers and peers, gain knowledge about new industry trends, and source the latest in cutting-edge incentive and recognition solutions. The conference is a central element and provides an invaluable opportunity for delegates to learn about the latest trends, challenges and growth strategies in the incentives, rewards and recognition industry.

Keynote speakers include: David MacLeod and Sebastian Coe

Click here for further information and to register


Engage for Success London Regional Event, 29th April

Join us on 29th April for the Engage for Success London Regional event.  Aimed at HR professionals and line managers who are interested in taking employee engagement to the next level within their organisation.

Doug Crawford will explore how neuroscience insights can help you 
approach employee engagement from a different perspective and Cathy Brown will give an update on the Engage for Success movement.  

The morning event will be held at The Telegraph Media Group offices.  Register for the event here. 


Further details of all our events are listed on the events pages of the website.  If you would like to run an event, we have all the materials, which you can customise, on the Community and Events pages on the website. Please remember to add your event to our Calendar, and contact Tanya@engageforsuccess.org for any support.

Visit our events page to find out more.

Engage for Success (EFS) is a movement committed to the idea that there is a better way to work; a better way to enable personal growth, organisational growth and ultimately growth for our country by releasing more of the capability and potential of people at work.
Over the last few years the Task Force has spearheaded the formation of the Engage for Success Movement – bringing together the experience of leading practitioners, the ideas and research of leading academics, and the findings of think tanks, to share learning and practical guidance on “the what, the why and the how” of employee engagement.

Radio Show

Have you listened to our radio show? If not, block out your diary for 4pm every Monday (5.30pm after Easter for our new 'Drivetime' slot) and tune in to our live interview where we discuss all the hot topics in Employee Engagement.  If you’ve missed the interview, don’t fear they are all archived for you here

Recent shows include: Joe Wiggins, Head of Communications at Glassdoor speaking about transparency in the workplace,  Frazer Rendell, Director of E-Trinity Consultancy joined us to talk about practical and measurable actions to improve employee engagement.  Listen to Jackie Lanham, Group Organisation Development Director at Rexam speaking to us about ways to build a winning organisation through engagement, Mark Hodgson, Principal at Mark Hodgson and Global Partner with Thought Leaders talking about how to really engage your employees and Adrian Phipps, Head of People & Organisation, Arqiva speaking about making employee engagement stick. 

There's a new show every week and we're always looking for more guests to share their stories. So if you want to share your successes with a new audience you can sign up for a slot here

Something you want to share?

The ideas, tools and blog posts on the website are made up from content sent in by movement members (that’s you). Whether you are a practitioner or a guru you could also contribute to the website content. 

If you have case studies from your organisation or clients or you have hints, tips, models and reviews on engagement related matters please send them through to:

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Press Coverage 

A request from the Core Team. If you or your organisation are being interviewed about Employee Engagement then please remember to mention us. We need to spread the word about Engage for Success as far and as wide as we can.

Similarly if you are speaking on an engagement topic and have an opportunity to mention Engage for Success then let us know so we can share it with others. We also have a range of slides and material that you can add in to your slide deck if required. Just contact us and let us know what content you need.

IPA Diverse Voices Project Survey  

This survey forms part of the Diverse Voices project, being led by IPA and astar-fanshawe. The project is exploring the links between employee engagement and diversity and inclusion, and what organisations can do to ensure all employees are fully engaged and able to reach their potential. 

Click here to take part in the survey, and be in with a chance of winning £50 of shopping vouchers 



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