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UK – Firms must invest in employee engagement, Alexander Mann Solutions’ report says

20 December 2018

UK business leaders must invest in effective and tailored employee engagement strategies to protect profits in the New Year, advises Alexander Mann Solutions, a London-based provider of RPO and MSP services.

The recommendation is based on research from Deloitte in which 27% of UK workers said they are not performing their best at work, or not giving 100%, which rises to 34% for those ages 25 to 34. The Voice of the Workforce paper, which collected responses from 2,000 British workers, also found that one-third of those surveyed, 32%, were “not stimulated” by what they do; a similar number, 36%, claimed their work was not meaningful.

The UK lagged behind its European counterparts in terms of engagement, according to the report. On average, just one in five employees across the continent said they were “not performing at their best.”

The report found the top five motivating factors for UK workers include:

  • Job security and stability
  • Being trusted by colleagues, co-workers, clients and supervisors
  • Competent leadership
  • Clear definition of responsibilities
  • Seeing the purpose in what I do

“While it has long been universally recognised that staff engagement and business profitability are intrinsically linked, these latest figures underline the fact that it has never been more critical to invest in employee engagement,” said Sandy Lucas, chief people officer at Alexander Mann Solutions. “There is no escaping the fact that we are entering a year of uncertainty. And in order to protect profits in 2019, business leaders must direct resources into effective internal communications strategies to ensure that teams remain motivated and productive.”

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