Nottingham Trent University has created a group to nurture a positive and productive workforce in response to economic uncertainty


Nottingham Trent University aims to create thriving workplaces

Nottingham Trent University aims to create thriving workplaces

Nottingham Trent University's Nottingham Business School (NBS) has established a new group whose aim is to create and nurture productive workplaces through engaging employees.

Introducing the Engage for Success East Midlands Regional Group

Dr Sarah Pass, a senior lecturer in Human Resource Management at NBS, is leading The Engage for Success East Midlands Regional Group, which is responding to regional companies who want to create a positive and productive workforce, especially during a time of economic instability.

The group is part of the national, not-for-profit Engage for Success movement, which began after an independent report for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills – known as the MacLeod Review - revealed the connections between employee engagement and an increase in a company's performance and productivity.

Tackling issues of low productivity

Sarah, who volunteers for Engage for Success, said: “Workplaces thrive on the energy and ideas of the people who work there. For them to give their best every day, they need to be happy in their employment and committed to the values and goals of their employer."

“Given the connection between employee engagement and productivity, issues of low productivity in the East Midlands, and the current post-referendum climate, it has become clear that there are many organisations in the region are wanting to focus on ways to help motivate and engage their people while also looking after their well-being. It is an issue affecting every organisation. The focus of the group is to provide a space and opportunity for organisations to come together."

An exciting programme of events

“A series of events will take place throughout the year and the topics will be driven by the interests of the group and what is really useful to them, such as line manager engagement, how SMEs can motivate colleagues without the budget for big rewards, and ‘wicked’ thinking. We’ll be looking at problems and solutions in an interactive and beneficial way and we hope that people will share what works, and what hasn't worked, and learn from each other," adds Sarah.

The Engage for Success East Midlands Regional Group will be officially launched at Nottingham Conference Centre. The launch will include talks from David MacLeod, the founder of Engage for Success and co-author of the MacLeod Review; Faran Johnson, managing director of Engage for Success; and Rory Campbell, John Lewis Management Board. There will also be presentations from organisations from across the region.

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