According to a July 2012 UK employment trends survey (CBI Harvey Nash), employee engagement outstripped labour cost containment as the top workforce priority of UK businesses. Yet despite this, we are experiencing what has been termed an ‘employee engagement deficit’ which is costing our economy an estimated £26 billion a year. With only one third of employees stating that they feel engaged in the workplace businesses are witnessing the widest productivity gap in this country since 2005. The government is so concerned about this deficit that in 2011 David Cameron set up the Engage for Success employer-led Taskforce on Employee Engagement, commenting that “with only a third of UK workers saying they feel engaged, I encourage all companies to get involved in this important initiative….
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