Seminar to help firms recruit and retain the best staff

By Anita Jaynes on 9 February, 2015

One of the UK’s top HR specialists has warned that, with as few as 17%* of the UK workforce actively engaged with their jobs, recruiting and retaining top talent is set to become a key issue for employers.

Richard Roberts is an expert in employee engagement and has worked in HR for more than twenty years. Roberts said: “Employee engagement refers to when staff are psychologically committed to their jobs and making a positive contribution to the organisation. Worryingly few employers really understand how to engage employees and how to create a positive culture. As a result some employers are finding it difficult to attract and retain good staff, which is having a detrimental impact on their bottom line.”

Next month Roberts will be speaking on this topic at a seminar in Swindon, organised by Outsource UK. This will be the third event in Outsource’s Thought Leadership series.

Neil Hedges, business manager at Outsource UK said: “We know this is going to be a really popular seminar, this is very topical at the moment. The UK has now returned to a candidate-led market and we are increasingly seeing situations where candidates have several jobs offers on the table at the same time. In order to recruit and retain the best talent employers must understand how to sell themselves, and how to engage their staff with a positive workplace culture.”

Outsource UK’s Thought Leadership breakfast event will be held on Tuesday 24 February 2015 at Steam in Swindon. The event starts at 8.30am is free to attend, but places must be pre-registered. To find out more, or to register, visit:

Richard Roberts is an expert in employee engagement and regularly speaks at conferences across the world. Richard works with a wide variety of organisations and has recently been credited with helping the Forward Internet Group earn recognition, three years running, in the coveted Sunday Times list “Top 100 Best Companies to Work for”. Before becoming a consultant and speaker Richard worked at Virgin Mobile where he established the HR function and became head of employee engagement, latterly HR director.

* source Gallup 2013

Pictured above: Neil Hedges, business manager at Outsource UK