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Towers Watson announces knowledge partnership with Tomorrow's Company and IPA

Towers Watson announces knowledge partnership with Tomorrow's Company and IPA

Towers Watson, a leading global professional services company, has formed a partnership with agenda-setting think tank, Tomorrow's Company and employment relations specialists The Involvement and Participation Association (IPA). As exclusive knowledge partner, Towers Watson will be assisting Tomorrow’s Company and the IPA with their Rethinking Voice project. The conclusions and recommendations of the project will feed into the new Employee Engagement Task force which was launched by the Prime Minister in 2011, and is being chaired by David MacLeod and Nita Clarke, Director of the IPA.

This ground-breaking new project aims to stimulate debate and develop new ideas about how UK companies can improve employee engagement and increase productivity by listening to and acting on the views of their employees.  The premise is that the employee voice within organisations is a critical part of delivering long-term sustainable value for business. The project will assess the elements which make up the effective employee voice and what structures are in place to encourage employees to communicate ideas and suggestions. These elements include how their voice is heard and by whom, what impact this has on organisational strategy and how it can affect employee motivation and willingness to produce extra effort for the company. 

The effective employee voice concept was identified in the 2009 Macleod Review of employee engagement, entitled Engaging for Success, as one of the four key enablers for employee engagement.

Towers Watson will be providing data and analysis from its database of workforce studies as well as insight on employee engagement from its large HR consultancy practice. It will aim to measure the prevalence of employee voice and its impact on businesses and employees themselves.

Nick Tatchell, UK Director of Organisational Surveys and Insight at Towers Watson said: "The economic environment over the last few years has shown just how important it is for companies to develop an engaged and motivated workforce. Our research shows companies that encourage and value employee voice and approach internal communications in an open and transparent way are more likely to be financially successful because of their engaged workforce.”

Nita Clarke, Director of the IPA and co-chair of the Employee Engagement Task Force said: "We are delighted to have Towers Watson on board for the Rethinking Voice project. Their expertise in understanding how companies can build an engaged and motivated workforce will be invaluable as we focus on ways in which companies can play a positive role in society. With this partnership in place I am confident that we will be able to identify pragmatic recommendations that provide a building block for future business progress."

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