The power of employee engagement – Leeds workshop review

Ciaran Morton from Thomas International reviews a workshop on Workplace Engagement delivered by Dr. Mark Slaski. If you would like to know more about running such an event in your company get in touch at

On 13th July 2016, Thomas International’s Northern team descended upon Leeds for a day with the renowned psychologist and test author Dr Mark Slaski a workshop for anyone interested in increasing workplace engagement.

An audience of business owners, HR, and L&D professionals from a diverse pool of industries joined us to discuss the importance and power of workplace engagement. The influential Dr Mark Slaski, Psychologist and Co-Founder of WorkplaceBuzz, hosted the evening and delivered an entertaining and powerful session on employee engagement.

For the past two decades, Mark has worked with organisations across the globe designing and delivering leadership development, coaching and team transformation. His greatest asset is his depth of knowledge and insight into human psychology and performance, and his greatest skill is his ability to communicate his expertise to help people and organisations achieve greater success. Mark believes that to fully unlock the talent of any business requires leaders at every level to create engaging workplaces for their people. This was a fantastic opportunity for our clients to delve into his knowledge.

Mark began the session with an interactive discussion about defining engagement, putting to bed some of the common misconceptions people have. He discussed the seven drivers of engagement; challenge, freedom, recognition, growth, voice, togetherness and clarity, making the bold statement that these are not the ‘nice to haves’, but essential to engagement. He encouraged the attendees to “not go another day without thinking about these factors”, claiming they have the power to really change your business.

Mark then shared a series of hard hitting case studies that clearly demonstrated the correlation between improved levels of engagement and improved financial performance. He also touched upon the topic of emotional intelligence, sharing a research study which showed that managers with a higher emotional intelligence score, have more highly engaged staff. He then talked the delegates through the Thomas Engage tool and report, highlighting the key things that sets it apart from other engagement tools available. The delegates had the opportunity to ask questions and a discussion took place throughout the room sharing ideas on how to maximise the use of an engagement survey, and how to actually get your people engaged in the survey so that the results truly reflect the situation in your workplace.

The workshop concluded with an interactive exercise using our new Engage action cards, which give you clear advice and tips on how to work on each of the seven drivers of the workplace engagement model. A networking session followed with a buffet and refreshments with conversations that went on well into the evening! One delegate commented:

I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop and am going back to work tomorrow with strategies and resources that I can begin to implement straight away.

As written by Ciaran Morton of Thomas International and the original article can be found here

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