Delegates go ‘fishing’ for employee engagement tips

13 February 2017


There was something a bit fishy about Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce’s inaugural Growth Through People fringe event – thanks to a discussion forum with an unusual hook!

The Chambers teamed up with Fiona Anderson of Engage For Success and Squire Patton Boggs to deliver the first of two fringe events, which featured a ‘goldfish bowl’ style discussion.

The Employee Engagement: Inspiring Your Leaders seminar focused on the importance of employee engagement for businesses and how the case for improved engagement can be made to senior business leaders.

With the average employment tribunal in the UK costing £9,000 – as well as time and stress – the event was also a way of highlighting the detrimental impacts of disengaged employees.

The ‘goldfish bowl’ format saw six individuals sit in the middle of the room, surrounded by the other delegates.

Only those in the middle were allowed to speak – with those on the outside replacing them by entering the bowl when they wished to comment or pose a question.

Birmingham Chamber Council member Rick Grain, the managing director of Effigy Blinds, was among the first to enter the bowl.

Elliot Mason, senior patron and policy advisor at GBCC, said: “Engaged employees make for a happier and more productive workforce however it can be challenging for business leaders to be proactive in this area, especially when other pressures seem like much more of a priority.

“Nevertheless, there are a number of ways in which a disengaged workforce could be holding your business back, whether it be through absenteeism, low levels of motivation, or high staff turnover.

“This session was a great opportunity for delegates to share ideas and experiences on these topics and discuss the most effective ways to make the case to executives that employee engagement is a wise investment of time and resource that will yield real results in terms of increased productivity and growth.”

A second fringe event on increasing productivity is being held on Friday 17 February.

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