Our annual staff survey tells us how we are performing, but it also highlights the huge differences in staff engagement scores across and even within departments and offices.
This is worrying because we know that civil servants who are more engaged are not only more productive, but also less likely to be off sick and far more likely to take responsibility for their career development.
To address this issue and promote better engagement, we launched the east of England Staff Engagement Network at the end of April.
The aim of this network is simple: to find out what makes a difference for staff, and then share these examples of good practice across our network to create an engaged and enthused team.
We launched the network with presentations from a number of speakers.
Rob Neil talked about the Ministry of Justice addressing these problems
Bernie Wilson revealed how the Department for Work and Pensions office in Bury St Edmunds achieved an overall engagement index score of 73%
Phil Rimmer and Fiona Neathley from ACAS offered advice about supporting a more harmonious workplace
Look at the presentation to read more about the to see more about the issues discussed.
Attendees were encouraged to get involved by taking part in a number of small groups looking at the issues faced in making the network a success. Read the table conversations
We’ve created a virtual network which relies on staff sharing information and case studies, and we’ll be regularly updating you all about our activities here on the blog. We’ll also arrange at least 1 group meeting each year.
If you are interested in joining in the East please email Ian Barton or comment on this blog if you would like to see something similar in your area.
A full report of the launch event is available here