By Max Clarke

A renewed Employee Engagement Task Force designed to increase productivity, enhancing the UK’s business competitiveness, was launched last week at a Government sponsored roundtable discussion attended by the Prime Minister and Business Minister Edward Davey.

The Task Force is set to ensure that a variety of practical opportunities are available for organisations wishing to learn about engagement. They will share good practice, generate debate, offer support and come up with ideas to help people improve their well-being.

The announcement has been well received by business, as Carmen Watson, managing director of Britain’s largest independent recruitment consultancy Pertemps, explains:

“The Task Force is a brilliant idea as getting your work force engaged can make an immense difference to a company’s performance. A lot of research has been done into engagement of staff and the results speak for themselves with engaged employees taking less sick leave, generating more revenue, being more satisfied at work and, unsurprisingly, engaged staff are less likely to leave a company which can only be a positive thing as it means the people with the expertise and knowledge stay within your business.

Continued Watson: “At Pertemps we have seen the successes engaging staff can deliver by ensuring that all members of staff are able to put forward their ideas, having an open door policy, keeping staff up to date with all areas of the business with frequent visits from directors, regular newsletters, and allowing flexible working. The results of this level of engagement speak for themselves with nearly 37 per cent of our staff in 2010 having been with the company for over five years. With this new Task Force in place hopefully other companies will see similar benefits to their businesses.”