CEO Blog | Award Winning Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is when an organisation values the employee and when the employee values the organisation. The key ideas are:

  • Engagement is discretionary - it is something that the person can decide whether or not to offer the organisation.
  • Research from Engage for Success shows that there are strong relationships between engagement and a number of business outcomes, including: absence, turnover, safety, customer satisfaction, productivity, profitability

Here at York St John Students’ Union, along with many other Students’ Unions around the country, we conduct an annual Employee Engagement Survey. It is with great honour that I write to announce that last week at the NUS 2017 National Event York St John Students’ Union was awarded the Highest Employee Engagement Winner for 2016/17. This is for having the highest employee engagement score on the national NUS Employee Engagement Survey.

The score is derived as a result of 96% of York St John Students’ Union employees responding positively to the question “I would wholeheartedly recommend this organisation as a good place to work”. This is the highest score of all Students’ Unions participating in the survey conducted by Agenda Consulting.

A total of 33 Students’ Unions participated, the other 32 include; Anglia Ruskin, Aston, Bedfordshire, Birmingham City, Birmingham Guild, Bristol, Bucks, Goldsmiths, Greenwich, Huddersfield, Hull, KCLU, Keele, Kingston, Leeds Beckett, Lincoln, Liverpool John Moore's, Manchester, Manchester Met, Northumbria, Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Oxford, Oxford Brookes, Plymouth, Royal Holloway, Stirling, UCLAN, UEA, West London, Warwick, and Westminster.

I’d like to take this as an opportunity to thank all of the Students’ Union career and student staff for a fantastic year and for all of their individual and collective passion and dedication to delivering the work of the Students’ Union for the benefit of the students at York St John University.

Chris Bateman
Chief Executive