By Rachelle Peard. Published on 23 March 2011
Hiring, Firing and Inspiring – three of the most vital issues for businesses today and the focus of Eton Bridge Partners’ high profile conference recently delivered to 170 clients.
These key subjects of employee engagement, motivation and leadership were covered in presentations from Eton Bridge Partners, Clarkslegal, Grant Thornton, Towers Watson and a key note speech from former Olympic Gold Medallist Adrian Moorhouse, Managing Director of professional performance company Lane 4.
In an inspiring speech, Adrian Moorhouse pushed delegates to “Manage the moment” in driving their businesses through the economic recovery. He said “British people are a self-depreciating bunch. In business, you need to refer back to the times when things went well. You’re as good as all the things you’ve done, not just the last thing you’ve done. Master everything you can do well – that’s how you work through a recession.”
Adrian continued by urging employers to engage their staff: “I firmly believe in the connection between engagement and performance. Businesses have to create an environment which allows the talent you put into an organisation to perform to the best of their ability.”
These sentiments were echoed by Towers Watson’s Nick Tatchell whose presentation reiterated the importance of inspiring staff: “Employee engagement is a hot topic because it impacts and predicts business performance.” However, Nick warned that employee engagement “means so many things to so many people and happy employees are not necessarily productive employees.” Citing the 2010 Towers Watson ‘Global Workforce Study’ he revealed that “only 17% of UK staff are engaged, whereas 42% are either disenchanted or disengaged.”
Such figures are frightening to employers, particularly when paired with the thoughts of Ashton Ward from Eton Bridge Partners, warned that “To remain competitive, there is the need for change in businesses.” Mark Craddock, also of Eton Bridge, cautioned that employers need to “Gear up for the toughest war on talent yet. The best people today are savvier than ever and even the most loyal employee will consider another opportunity presented to them. People join or leave businesses based on the people they work for.”
Clarkslegal’s Michael Sippitt echoed the warnings of Mark Craddock, agreeing “The biggest issues today are finding good candidates and keeping the good people you’ve got. People join companies but leave bad managers.”
Micheal’s presentation was jointly delivered with Grant Thornton’s Caroline Harwood who recommended all employers “Maximise the bang for your buck. Review your remuneration and incentive policies to fit within exemptions of new legislation and make sure your employees get what they want.” She warned that “Employers need to look at avoiding enormous tax burdens.”