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Welcome to Engagement Matters

We’re back with the fourth edition of Engagement Matters. It’s been a busy couple of months seeing our Wellness Sub Group launching their findings, our Cross Cultures Sub Group ran an inspirational event titled ‘Engage the World’, our Special Interest Group on The Future of Engagement shared a wide and varied set of thought pieces on what that future of engagement could and should look like. And it’s all change at the Core Team as we get ready to say goodbye to some of our current secondees and hello to a new batch.

We hope that your engagement journey continues to be positive and ask, as always, that you take a little time to share your successes with us in the form of a case study we can put on the website for others to see and learn from. If you're short of time we've produced a handy guide to some of the things that you can do to support the Engage for Success movement in as little as 5 minutes. Access it here.  Also, please help us shine a light on good practice by sharing this newsletter with your contacts and colleagues.
Finally we’d ask that you take a little time to help us make some decisions about where we concentrate our efforts by completing a short survey. It will only take a few minutes and will enable us to develop the focus for how and where we communicate the EFS message to the widest audience. You can complete the survey here
All the best,
David, Nita and all the Core Team.

Sub Groups Update


Wellbeing Sub Group

On May 29th 2014 the Engage for Success Wellbeing Sub Group launched the official Wellbeing & Employee Engagement: The Evidence Whitepaper. The Wellbeing Sub Group was launched in August 2013 to build on the paper “Why wellbeing matters: Sustaining Employee Engagement & Wellbeing”. Chaired by Wendy Cartwright, former HRD for the Olympic Delivery Authority, the group sought to build upon the great work already taking place and provide a “wellbeing, nailing the evidence” document.

The anticipation leading up to the launch from supporters of Engage for Success was met by an array of interest from various stakeholders following the launch, articles in HR Zone, CIPR, HR Magazine and Workplace Savings & Benefits all sang the praises for the research behind the whitepaper. The HR Magazine article quotes Dame Carol Black as saying “You can only sustain engagement if you have wellbeing”, this message really underpins the findings of this whitepaper.

More relating to this story
Download the full report here

Case studies
Activity for Change
Marks & Spencers

Read what the Simply Communicate blog thought about the report here

See Wendy Cartwright being interviewed at the Employee Benefits Summit here


Cross Cultures Sub Group

The Cross Cultures Sub Group’s mission is to improve the experience people have at work wherever they work across the world.The Sub Group discovered that the literature on engagement across cultures is thin (aside from what we can learn from the research companies).

In May the Engage for Success Cross Cultures Sub Group hosted their ‘Engage the World’ event. There were a number of keynote speakers and the event had a great turnout. While employee engagement continues to be a priority, many UK-based multi-national organisations, as well as those embarking on geographic expansion, are seeking answers to tough questions, the event sought to answer the following questions... Read more

Hosam El Nagar, Operations Director at the Thomson Foundation and Cross Cultures Sub Group member summarises the event in a blog which can be found here.

Cross Cultures Sub Group: DIY Discovery Workshops

The Discovery Workshop is designed to be run in any workplace by anyone. Results from Discovery Workshops that have already taken place are being collated but we are looking for more companies to run these workshops.

For more information on how to get involved in a Discovery Workshop, please contact:
johnsmythe@engageforchange.com or carolinejsharley@gmail.com or visit the Engage for Success page here

Social Engagement Sub Group

The Social Engagement Sub Group is now well under way with 3 distinct workstreams forming and groups moving them forward.

Workstream 1 – Business Case
Workstream 2 – Rough Guide
Workstream 3 – Network of Networks

If you are interested in joining the Sub Group, or a specific workstream, then please contact the Sub Group chair John Smythe (johnsmythe@engageforchange.com) or the Sub Group coordinator Katherine Bassey (k.bassey@unison.co.uk)



Practitioner Events

‘I was delighted to be invited to the CIPD Essex and Ipswich and Thames Valley branches last month to talk about Engage for Success.  There were circa 50 attendees at the events, sharing examples of great practice and solutions to engagement challenges and it was great to see new connections being made.  Please watch out for a CIPD/EFS event in your area and contact practitioner@engageforsuccess.org if you’d like to hold your own event.’  

Bec Normand - Communities lead 

Special Interest Groups

Future of Engagement Thought Pieces

Engage for Success Event

From the future of engagement, to engagement in the future
7th July, Aston University, Birmingham
Employee engagement has been a focus for people management research and practice for around ten years now, making it beyond fad status to become embedded in many organisations. Equally, it has developed in more than one direction and we are far from having an agreed definition. So it seems a good point at which to take stock. Where have we got to with employee engagement? And more importantly, where will we take it in the future, both as a concept and area of practice?

The most recent gathering was an extra special event focusing on the recently published thought leadership pieces written by a selection of leading academics and business leaders, all experts in their field, which offer different perspectives based on their area of activity: HR practice, consultancy and research. Their varied contributions reflect a number of current discussions that take place in relation to employee engagement, including some of the more challenging perspectives that can easily be overlooked, and give strong pointers on what needs to happen next for the area to maintain relevance.
Thank you to everyone involved in making the day such a great success; attendees, organisers and our wonderful hosts Aston University.
More relating to this story
  • You can read and download all the thought leadership pieces here
  • Jonny Gifford and Dilys Robinsons discuss the pieces further in ILM here
  • Engage for Success were invited to preface the HRZone State of Engagement report. Whilst we are considering what next, it presents a great opportunity for us to take a moment to reflect on where we are now. Read and download the report here


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.

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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Guru Steering Committee Vacancies – Get Involved!

The Guru Group is made up of academics, researchers, consultants, service providers and professional bodies, all with extensive experience in the theory and practice of employee engagement. Click here to find out more.

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.

Radio Show

Our weekly radio show continues apace - recent appearance include Gareth Moss from Serco, Fiona Roberts & Julie Stayte from VW, Shrewsbury Morris dancers and Zane Safrit. You can access the complete archive here.

There's a new show every week (Monday at 4pm) 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

Articles & Websites

We scour the web for all the latest employee engagement, news, views and research. Here are some of our latest gems for you:

In The News

The Employee Engagement awards are open for nominations and we're delighted that not only is our very own David MacLeod is leading the judging panel but also that he will be joined by Serco’s Amber Kelly, who spent time seconded to the Engage for Success movement and Cathy Brown - our program director. You can find out more about the awards, the entire judging panel and the event here, plus Matt Manners, founder of the Employee Engagement awards, was interviewed on our radio show on 30th June. Check the archive for his and all the previous interviews
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