CIPD Scotland – Employee Engagement Conference

Posted on October 9, 2014 by

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Yesterday UP’s Senior HR Consultant Lisa McKay and our Associate Charles Stewart were delighted to attend the CIPD Scotland Employee Engagement Conference in Edinburgh.

Now safety returned to UP HQ, Lisa shares her thoughts on the conference with us:


cipd-logo-Scotland-308x188Yesterday we had an excellent day at the conference – a big thanks to the CIPD for arranging it (and Our Dynamic Earth was a fantastic venue!).

It was a thoroughly interesting day with some really though provoking discussions on engagement and featured some great speakers – not least our very own Charles Stewart who spoke eloquently about our own employee engagement strategy.

For me, the standout speakers were:

David MacLeod (Co-Chair of the Employee Engagement Task Force) who did an excellent job of providing the framework for Employee Engagement – I know have a much clearer idea of what it really means!!

Professor Veronica Hope Hailey (Dean of the School of Management at the University of Bath) who’s presentation on the importance of ‘mutual trust’ and trustworthy leaders in employee engagement was fascinating.

Gill White (Capability and Career Development Director) was very entertaining and her presentation on author Dan Pink’s motivation theory (as captured in his book “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us”) was really engaging and thought-provoking – great stuff

And the final mention goes to Tanith Dodge (Director of Human Resources at Marks and Spencer) who showcased M&S’s ‘Movement to Work’ programme, designed in partnership with The Prince’s Trust which aims to provide work experience to young, unemployed people – and increase employee engagement at the same time.  Really inspirational stuff!

There’s certainly a buzz of engagement chat in the UP office today – if employee engagement is something you have thoughts or questions about for your own office, why not give us a call to chat some ideas through?