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Voice and Value 2012

Friday 16 March 2012, 9.30am-4.20pm
Graham Wallas Room, Old Building

What do we mean by employee engagement and how does voice contribute?

Voice and Value conferences, which are organised jointly by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the London School of Economics (LSE) bring together leading academics and practitioners to debate how organisations get value from the range of mechanisms that can enable a constructive dialogue to take place between management and employees.

Conference Organisers - Mike Emmott (CIPD) and Paul Gollan (LSE & Macquarie University. If you have any questions, please contact Abi Titley, Projects and Events Administrator, a.titley@lse.ac.uk.


Abstract:

This year's conference will focus on the role of employee voice in building engagement. As the MacLeod report on employee engagement concluded, although the concept enjoys wide support by employers, only a minority have so far moved on to a "second level" of practice where engagement is embedded in the organisational culture. How do successful organisations cross the line from measuring engagement to changing the culture?

The conference, which is organised jointly by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the London School of Economics (LSE) brings together leading academics and practitioners to debate how organisations get value from the range of mechanisms that can enable a constructive dialogue to take place between management and employees. The conference will provide an opportunity to explore the latest evidence and thinking about the links between voice and engagement, and will address such questions as:

  • Is employee voice the key to moving to the "second tier" of engagement?
  • How can employers demonstrate integrity, so that employees are persuaded that they have a real influence on decisions?
  • What is the role of leadership and management in enabling effective employee voice?
  • Should the voice agenda focus on tools and techniques or on culture and behaviour?

We are particularly fortunate this year to have contributions from a range of distinguished speakers, including:

  • Nita Clarke, co-author of the MacLeod review, joint leader of the task force on employee engagement launched by David Cameron last March and CIPD Vice-chair, Employee relations.
  • Professor John Budd, Chair, Department of Work and Organisations, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota and an expert in labour relations, collective bargaining and labour policy.
  • John Purcell, Associate Fellow of the Industrial Relations Research Unit at Warwick University Business School and Deputy Chairman of the Central Arbitration Committee.
  • Vicky Judson, Contract & Business Planning Manager at DB Regio Tyne and Wear, employee engagement winner of the CIPD People Management Awards 2011.

To view the whole programme, please see here|.

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