Employee engagement goes beyond motivation and job satisfaction. At the CIPD, we view employee engagement as a combination of commitment to the organisation, its values and a willingness to help colleagues. 

Download our factsheets to gain an understanding about the concept of employee engagement. Also, explore our research reports to discover the key drivers of employee engagement and how to measure it for your organisation. 

Factsheets

Regularly-updated factsheets provide overviews and information on a topic

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Factsheets
Employee engagement and motivation
Understand the concept of employee engagement and learn how to build an engaged and motivated workforce

Guides

Designed for practitioners, our guides provide recommendations and advice on how to apply good practice in the workplace.

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Guides
Technology use in employee voice
Guidance on how technology can be leveraged to support employee voice
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Reports

Research and analysis by experts from CIPD and partner organisations

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Reports
CIPD Good Work Index: North of England
A North of England summary of the CIPD Good Work Index 2024 survey report
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CIPD Good Work Index
The CIPD Good Work Index provides an annual snapshot of job quality in the UK, giving insight to drive improvement to working lives
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CIPD Good Work Index – Wales
A Wales summary of the CIPD Good Work Index 2023 survey report
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Collective employee voice
Recommendations for working with employee representatives for mutual gain
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Role of the RemCo: How to achieve good governance of pay, people and culture
Roadmap for HR leaders seeking to broaden the remit of remuneration committees
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Talking about voice: Employees’ experiences
Highlights the key insights that people professionals should consider to drive better people management practice
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Have your say: Alternative forms of workplace voice
Explores different perspectives on employee voice in the modern world of work

Case studies

Learn from real world examples of how other people professionals and organisations work with the CIPD to approach key challenges and objectives.

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Case studies
Talking about voice: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
Employee voice has become increasingly important throughout the NHS and particularly for Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.
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Talking about voice: Fircroft College
Fircroft College has been through a large restructure that has transformed the way that they work.
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Employee voice case studies
Talking about voice: insights from case studies
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Talking about voice: NMCN
NMCN is a rapidly growing company that has increasingly put employee voice on the agenda.
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Talking about voice: Airline logistics company
This organisation is a rapidly growing airline logistics company, developing from a family firm to a multinational organisation.
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People Profession: Itsu – Cutting-edge engagement
Thanks to its people-focused approach, itsu's initiative to support, engage and reward its fish cutters has gone swimmingly

Thought leadership

Insight and foresight from our experts in people and the world of work

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Maximising employee voice in a hybrid working world
Tips for enabling employee voice and the dangers of employee silence
Thought leadership
Employee engagement: how do we make it more than a moshpit of metrics?
Scarlett Brown’s article asks, what do we mean by employee engagement?
Thought leadership
Is it 'engagement' or simply good management practice?
Being all in it together is intrinsic to employee engagement. But in an age of individualism, should we measure workplace satisfaction differently?
Thought leadership
Giving people freedom over ethical choices at work
Rather than prescribing ethical behaviour, let's encourage an open conversation about personal beliefs, values and their impact on day-to-day decisions

Podcasts

Listen to episodes from our podcast series on a range of topical workplace, HR and L&D issues.

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The Engagement Myth
Episode 135: Is there a connection between productivity and engagement? We hear from three HR experts on this highly debated question.

Webinars

Webinar recordings providing expert guidance

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Raising your employees value proposition
Watch this video and explore where can employers raise their employee value propositions, and critically where should you start?

Evidence review

Evidence reviews enable you to ask the critical questions and use evidence for better decision-making.

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Evidence review
Employee engagement: an evidence review
Our research explores the meaning of employee engagement, how we should measure it, what drives it, and the link between engagement and performance
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Bitesize research

Your regular overview of current research, inspiring insights and cutting-edge ideas in bitesize

35 Bitesize research about Employee engagement
Bitesize research
Is office space essential for productive work?
Evaluating the pros and cons of working in shared office spaces, and how they impact on productivity
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Employee voice boosts outcomes of management practices
An examination of how strong channels for employee voice has the potential to drive the effectiveness of high-performance management practices
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Organisational and employee-focused voice: Why both matter
Researchers explore the differences between ‘organisational’ and employee-focused voice, how they impact employees and what managers can do to foster voice
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Motivation and wellbeing in intense work environments
This article explores how fostering intrinsic motivation for high work intensity can benefit employers and employees
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Essential factors in building staff loyalty
How organisations can signal loyalty to their employees and develop resources to engage and retain workers
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Four-step process for redesigning work
How can work be redesigned beyond the pandemic?
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Can AI-assisted HR ecosystems improve employee engagement?
A look at how AI-assisted HR ecosystems can support the employee-employer relationship and improve retention rates and recruitment practices
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How can organisations engage older workers?
To attract and retain older workers, organisations need to create a supportive work culture
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Can learning to listen improve employee engagement?
Companies that invest in listening skills training can improve employee understanding and engagement and reduce burnout
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Is proactive networking key to women’s success at work?
Key behaviours enable women to capitalise on invisible networks to enhance their careers
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Can mentoring help women of African origin in the UK develop their careers?
30 women of African origin share their experiences of formal and informal mentoring
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The effects of mentoring on work engagement – a mentor’s perspective
Well-matched mentoring programmes, with regular feedback and a clear focus on goals benefit both mentees and mentors
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Can CSR improve employee outcomes?
Companies that go the extra mile with corporate social responsibility (CSR) could enhance employee commitment, engagement and performance
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Mind the channel!
Digital voice channels and employee voice
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Workplace relationships in disruptive times
The impact of employee relationships on engagement and wellbeing
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The tactics of speaking up at work
How employees are choosing to speak up
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Speaking up when the water is murky
Organisational politics and employee voice
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Employee resilience and the manager-employee relationship
Why knowing your people is crucial
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Work-life balance among women of African origin
Explore this case study-driven research
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Who's responsible for employee engagement?
Find out more about employee engagement initiatives
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Focusing on the people experience at work
Explore how the people profession can improve employee experience
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Encouraging employees to speak up
Read more about these findings here
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Shooting from the hip: how habit can impact employee voice
Explore their research further here
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Employee empowerment v control: resolving the tug of war
Read how to balance freedom and control
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Employee voice – are managers listening?
Find out what makes people speak up
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LGBT employees and global job mobility – the importance of voice
Employee voice mechanisms for supporting LGBT expatriates
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Having a voice at work – a healthy outcome
Read a summary of this insightful article
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Inspired or demotivated? Re-charging workplace relationships
Explore the effects of energy in the workplace
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Once more with feeling – leaders’ influence on employee voice
Explore the impact of leaders on employee voice
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Performance measures – getting employees’ input
View a summary of key findings from this study
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Social media – an untapped role in employee voice?
Lessons on the impact of social media
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What makes a difference at work? A teacher’s perspective
A study of primary school teachers which offers evidence of what makes a difference when it comes to work engagement and performance
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Employee voice – when silence isn’t golden
Factors that enable voice may not necessarily be enough to overcome workplace silence
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Corporate volunteering – giving back and gaining new talent
Research reveals that allowing employees to give back can give a company the edge when attempting to attract and retain the next generation
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Everybody needs friends – a workplace imperative
This study finds that work relationships not only help people to cope with problems, but also support development and enable employees to flourish
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CIPD Viewpoint

Our collected point of view on the key issues impacting work, from the perspective of employers and policy makers.

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CIPD Viewpoint
Employee voice
Explore the CIPD’s point of view on employee voice, including recommendations for employers

Learning

We offer a range of evidence-based courses tailored to suit you and your needs.
Our Essential Insights courses are free as part of the CIPD membership.

Employee Experience Accredited Programme

Learn how employee experience can have a positive impact on your organisation and how you can drive the agenda to create impactful cultural change.

Employee Experience Essential Insights

Articulate what employee experience is, why it is important and how it is positively impacted in an organisation.

Talent Management Introductory Programme

Hone your talent management skills and learn how to maximise the employee experience through talent identification, engagement and planning. Develop techniques to help you execute a strategy that adds value to the organisation and employee experience.

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