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Manchester Event - Employee Engagement, Making it Work

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Eversheds Sutherland, 70, Great Bridgwater St., Manchester M1 5ES

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Speakers: Prof Ivan Roberston, Robertson Cooper

Tess Shannon, The Cooperative Group


Join Engage 4 Success and the Association for Business Psychology (ABP) and other interested parties. Hosted by Naeema Choudry (Partner and Tribunal Judge) Eversheds LLP. 70 Great Bridgewater St, Manchester M1 5ES. 4.30pm until 8.00 pm. Drinks and canapes available on arrival.

There are three main objectives:

  • Exploring the relationship between engagement, wellbeing and business outcomes.

  • Looking at why some organisations are better at managing Engagement than others. Is there best practice which can be drawn on?

  • To understand the dynamic of a good Employee Engagement Policy, how it can be built up and what to do to prevent getting derailed, especially during periods of organisational and cultural change

Employee Engagement is a measurable degree of a positive or negative emotional attachment to their jobs, colleagues and organisation which profoundly influences their willingness to learn and perform at work. (Scarlett Surveys)

Join us for this event which will focus on making Employee Engagement a reality in our organisations. There is considerable emphasis on compliance in the workplace but building an engaged workforce goes well beyond this. It requires inclusive leadership to support teams that enable each member to be their authentic selves at work. It is about adopting a positive mindset and challenging our short cuts in thinking and unconscious biases.

We will be drawing on practical experience of understanding the reality of Employee Engagement and how to implement programmes in organisations to identify how to make them a success. We will explore some of the pitfalls and challenges involved and how these can be avoided or overcome.

Of particular interest will be the opportunity to hear how business psychology has been applied successfully in taking the Employee Engagement agenda forward.

The event will involve thought-provoking inputs from our speakers and opportunities to share experiences and ideas with other participants.

Professor Ivan Robertson, Robertson Cooper

Professor Robertson needs little introduction and his work on Employee Engagement is well documented. He will discuss the importance of raising the level of psychological wellbeing across the organisation and he will explore the links between employee engagement, wellbeing and important outcomes such as employee retention, productivity and attachment. Without straying too much into mental health issues, Ivan will take a business led approach to these issues. Drawing on research evidence he will reveal relationships between wellbeing, engagement, physical health (e.g. cardiovascular disease) performance and productivity.

Ivan will discuss the need for a strategic approach which focuses on organizational, management and individual capability as the basis for improving wellbeing and engagement and for achieving significant business outcomes.


Tess Shannon, Colleague Engagement and Business Partner, The Cooperative Group

Tess Shannon is based in Manchester and manages a team of engagement, diversity and wellbeing experts to deliver the employee engagement strategy for c100,000 staff across a wide variety of business and functions. She manages the delivery of various projects including annual and interim employee engagement surveys, focus groups, and delivering training. Tess has worked for and developed the E4S movement.

Tess will discuss how proactive engagement across the various functions helps to cement an engagement strategy, which in turn is aimed at improving health at work, productivity and reducing staff turnover.

This will be a lively and participative event, highly informative, with much to take away and apply.


Registration is from 4.00 pm for a 4.30 start.

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