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Acas welcomes the MacLeod Review into employee engagement

Thursday 16 July 2009

Acas, the employment relations service, welcomes the Review into employee engagement, led by David MacLeod and Nita Clarke, commissioned by the department of Business Innovation and Skills.

The review says businesses need to involve employees fully in their organisation's future if they are to thrive and innovate.

John Taylor, Acas Chief Executive commented:

'We welcome the review and its clear message that keeping employees involved and allowing them to have a say is one of the best ways to build trust, provided that ideas are taken seriously and acted on. Employers also need to ensure line managers and supervisors have the skills to manage and communicate effectively. We look forward to helping implement the recommendations.'

Acas is a member of the strategic implementation group and will play a prominent role in taking forward the reviews practical recommendations.

Good employment relations is the bedrock on which employee engagement can flourish. Acas knows that by engaging their workforce employers can improve productivity, stimulate innovation, and even in times of difficulty, boost business performance and results.

With over 30 years experience of Britain's workplaces, Acas as a member of the taskforce team, contributed their knowledge and expertise on how to engage employees and develop good working relationships.

Acas is already supporting employers through the recession by providing practical advice and guidance on managing in these difficult times.

Notes for editors

  1. Acas' aim is to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. It provides information, advice, training and a range of services working with employers and employees to prevent or resolve problems and improve performance. It is an independent statutory body governed by a Council consisting of the Acas Chair and employer, trade union and independent members.

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