By Max Clarke

A renewed Employee Engagement Taskforce, aimed at offering organisations practical opportunities to enhance employee engagement and boost UK competitiveness, was launched today at a roundtable discussion attended by the Prime Minister and Business Secretary.

“This taskforce has my full support,” commented Prime Minister David Cameron at the launch this morning, “because I know that it will work to bring together two of my government's top priorities — delivering sustainable growth across the UK, and coming up with new approaches to help people improve their wellbeing.

Today’s announcement has received the backing of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD), who described it as a “has a crucial role to play in boosting UK competitiveness and building a recovery that lasts”.

Also to comment is Jackie Orme, CIPD Chief Executive, who joined the Prime Minister and the Business Minister for the launch at 10 Downing Street:

“We warmly welcome the Prime Minister’s endorsement for the new Employee Engagement Taskforce, and look forward to playing an active role in the taskforce. David Macleod is a substantial figure. The report he produced for the last government was an impressive piece of work, and we’re delighted that the new government is picking it up and running with it in this way.

“The government is rightly focused on delivering growth in the private sector, and improved productivity and innovation in the public sector. The importance of a well-led, well-managed, engaged and motivated workforce in delivering sustained growth cannot be underestimated. There is significant evidence to suggest the UK is suffering from a leadership and management skills deficit, and this Taskforce should provide a catalyst for action to plug this gap.