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29.03.11

Cameron backs employee engagement task force

Prime Minister David Cameron has given his backing to a new independent Employee Engagement Task Force during a launch event at 10 Downing Street.

The Task Force will ensure that a range of practical opportunities are made available for organisations wanting to learn about engagement. It will share good practice, generate debate and offer support via a new website. It will build on the report ‘Engaging for Success’, produced in 2009 for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

At the launch Cameron said: “This taskforce has my full support 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.

“I think the public and private sectors can learn a lot from each other. This initiative fits well with our agenda of devolved power and authority and shows how effective companies can be when they feel empowered. I am delighted that the Employment Engagement Taskforce has come together to develop practical ways to help all employers learn from the best, to break down barriers to engagement and to raise the profile of this whole agenda.”

Employment Relations Minister Edward Davey added: “Workers know better than anyone how the firm they work for can grow, innovate and succeed. For any business or organisation a committed and involved workforce that are all pulling in the same direction is essential.

“This isn't just about ending "them and us" attitudes. It's about a better way to work. Employee engagement is essentially about growth, so it's right the private sector should lead this taskforce.”

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