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Employee engagement and the economic recovery

New research reveals that as the economic uncertainty continues, more than half of UK employees are unhappy at work. The survey, by Mercer, reveals that 36% of workers are even considering leaving their job.

UK workers are significantly less enthusiastic about their jobs than four years ago – only 61% these days say work gives them a feeling of personal accomplishment, compared to 70% in 2007.

Employee engagement is the key to reversing those figures, comments Chris Johnson, Mercer’s UK head of human capital. He says it’s vital for companies to work to retain their employees – as they are the people who will drive their employer’s success as the economy recovers. It’s a tool that a number of EMS clients are using with great results – taking to the road with EMS to deliver imaginative campaigns that re-energise their workforce.

M&S roadshow

Marks & Spencer came to EMS when they needed effective employee training to implement a new store remodelling programme. We helped them develop a roadshow to motivate and inspire 3,500 staff at 34 stores and maximise the potential of their remodelled store.

HBOS, part of the Lloyds banking group, offered a touring ‘personal shopper’ experience for all their branch staff in a major internalcommunications campaign to launch their new corporate livery. One thousand HBOS colleagues chose new uniforms from a nine-week tour and feedback was consistently positive.

Just two examples of cost-effective employee engagement that is helping companies – and their workforce – ride out the recovery successfully.

Keith Austin

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Clarity of vision and years of big brand experience have helped Keith take EMS from start-up to market leader. The continual challenges he places on both the business and the team are keeping us in pole position, where we intend to stay.

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