Berwick Partners, in conjunction with our colleagues from Odgers Berndtson and Odgers Interim, held an informal Dinner on 21st November for HR Directors at the Michelin Starred, Simpsons Restaurant in Edgbaston, Birmingham – a great venue, fabulous food and good conversation.
We were joined by Wayne Clark – Wayne is currently one of the most influential people in HR in the UK as recognised twice by HR Magazine, and has a huge amount of knowledge, expertise and insight on “employee engagement” having been the Managing Partner for Best Companies.
Whilst enjoying the fine dining and congenial surroundings of Simpsons, guests listened to Wayne share his insights and stories about what he has seen and learnt during his time at Best. With fabulous anecdotes about the good, the bad, and the ugly, Wayne had many enlightening stories, evidence and messages to share (all very much delivered under Chatham House Rules!)
We discussed the impact of ‘Mood Hoovers’ on team dynamics and the effect on the work-place environment of colleagues who have checked out, but have not moved-on. However the overwhelming and consistent theme, and we all should already know this, is that “people work for people”. Engaged employees have good line managers, but they will also have a CEO or MD who communicates with their workforce, shares the vision and strategy, and values the contribution that all employees can make. These CEOs or MDs ask their people how they are feeling about their work and importantly, they want to know the answer. They listen and care.
Debbie Sutton is a Partner and Head of the HR Practice at Berwick Partners