Sharing power, not ‘communicating at’ people, is the most effective way of engaging employees to improve business performance. This is one of the major findings of the largest ever survey of employee engagement in the UK. YouGov and the Engage Group surveyed 23,585 people across Great Britain in October 2008, including 2,500 board-level executives – 2,000 of them from FTSE 500 companies.

The study’s findings establish a direct relationship between an organisation’s financial performance and the extent to which employees are engaged to perform. It also unearths a set of ‘new world’ elements of successful engagement, which define a radical new approach to getting the best out of employees.

“We now have definitive data that say people become more engaged when they are more closely involved with decision-making – both every day and at the point of change,” says John Smythe, deputy chairman of Engage Group. “Performance is better when they are engaged and change is better managed.”

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