Hedley May recently hosted a Round Table event on Employee Engagement in the Boardroom. The discussion was led by Irene Dorner, Chair of the Remuneration Committee and Employee Champion on the Board of Rolls Royce, and Harry Holt, Rolls Royce Group Human Resources Director (HRD) who were joined by a group of Designated Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) and Human Resources Directors of FTSE listed businesses.
Whilst changes in the Corporate Governance Code have required companies to have a mechanism in place for workforce engagement, the increasing recognition of the importance of the employees as a stakeholder group further reinforced by the pandemic has accentuated the critical role of employee engagement at Board level.
Over the last couple of years companies have been learning how to do this most effectively. Below is a summary of the key themes discussed.