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A2B at the Employee Engagement Awards 2017

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  A2B have become something of a fixture at the annual Employee Engagement Awards. With three pieces of silverware in the trophy cabinet (the relevance of this football related stuff will become apparent shortly), we are delighted to have sponsored this year’s event – and been invited to present one of the awards closest to our hearts: the award for Corporate Social Responsibility. Why the football reference? The awards were held at Wembley! Here are A2B’s Drew and Dan on the terraces…   And here are A2B’s team, clients and friends… A2B Managing Director, Jim Abbatt, was delighted to present …

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2016 and all that!

“2016 and all that”: What just happened, and what’s next?

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At this time of year, most companies do some sort of “look back at the year just gone, and a look ahead to the coming year”. I’m probably not the only MD to be sitting at his desk, rubbing his eyes in disbelief. Twelve months ago, the idea that we would be on our way out of the EU (probably, sort of, maybe, in some way, eventually), that the outsider candidate would win the Presidency, and the idea that our borrowing targets would be out of the window – well, it’s all faintly surreal. Where does that leave us? Well, …

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Jim Abbatt speaks at Highways UK event

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A2B Excellence has a rich heritage in civils and construction; but the majority of our work has been in rail. In the past year, we have begun to apply our programme improvement methodologies to highways too – and just in time: Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced over £1bn in spending to improve Britain’s roads. We have been working in partnership with TRL, the UK’s leading independent strategic transport business, to build coherent, forward-thinking highways infrastructure propositions. As long-standing partners in TRL’s highways consortium (also including civil engineering giants, Jacobs and Costain, and environmental consultancy, the Temple Group) we were therefore …

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Sideways 6

Partnership with Sideways 6: Engagement in the palm of your hand

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Here at A2B Excellence, we haven’t stopped banging on about employee engagement for at least four years. We’ve won awards, we’ve changed large organisations and positively affected their futures and outcomes. But as employee engagement has become a buzzword in its own right, it’s easy to forget exactly what it looks like on the ground. So let’s revisit. Long before the term became commonplace, we used to say something fundamental which has become a part of the soul of our business: “The greatest overall improvements in output and efficiency today won’t come from shaving costs, the upheaval of endless reorganisations …

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EE Award 2016 Finalist

Three years, three nominations – we’ve done it again!

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A2B Excellence are over the moon to announce that our client, Transport for London’s Four Lines Modernisation programme (4LM), has been declared a finalist in the 2016 global Employee Engagement Awards (International Category). 4LM is a huge project – including the world’s largest signalling programme; and features over 2500 team members on three continents spread across multiple main partners and delivery subcontractors. It’s a great example of the sort of structure which is prevalent in complex projects, and where engagement efforts can yield exceptional results in motivation, productivity and outputs. The 4LM management team’s commitment has led to independently verified improvements in …

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EEA Welcome

How to not ‘Do engagement to people’

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A2B Excellence’s Jim Abbatt was in action today at the Employee Engagement Alliance’s Best Practice Showcase, in front of over 60 HR and management professionals from the UK’s leading companies. Nobody responds to engagement initiatives that are foisted upon them. So, using our long-running and award-winning work at TfL, Jim presented on “How to not ‘do engagement to people’”. Thank you for all the kind comments and tweets… #EElearning @JimAbbatt from @A2BExcellence on engagement: "back people up so they can make their own changes, then get out the way" — Tom Robinson (@Talent_Tom) March 2, 2016 @JimAbbatt making the audience …

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Team A2B at the Employee Engagement Awards 2016

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Team A2B are ready! A2B sponsor the ‘Best Public Sector Engagement Campaign’ Award A2B’s Jim Abbatt with Matt Loder, Operations Director, KN Network Services Worthy winners, the NHS Business Services Authority A2B’s Drew Barritt and Peter Foy, Head of Transport – Consulting at Lendlease
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Solving the Executive Pay Challenge

Solving the Executive Pay Challenge

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The executive pay gap is at unprecedented levels. In the 1970s, pay in the C-Suite was at 10-30 times shop-floor levels. In 2015, it’s not unusual for top execs to earn 200+ times the pay of their workers in the engine room. And according to the CIPD, this is affecting employee motivation. They say that executive pay is at crisis point, not only because of the disparity, but also because there appears to be no link between pay and performance. Endless stories in an avid media of the top table with their mouths in the trough, or public sector leaders leaving their …

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Getting Employee Engagement on the C-Suite Agenda

Getting Employee Engagement on the C-Suite agenda

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Here’s an interesting article from Jon Tudor, reporting on an employee engagement event he recently ran. To summarise, the headline comment from his delegates was: “I wish my board was here, they need to learn and understand this”. Why don’t board-level managers seem to take an interest in employee engagement? After all, they take plenty of interest in change management and transformational programmes. How can employee engagement rise up the agenda? Here are some thoughts on the problem, and some possible solutions: Engagement is a new discipline, and sometimes nobody owns it. A few forward-thinking tech businesses have Chief Engagement Officers, but they’re …

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An NHS without answers? Or a different approach…

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This article from the BBC is typical of the big-picture perspective on the NHS. It follows a hard-hitting report from Margaret Hodge’s powerful Public Accounts Committee, which rightly says that our Health Service is in big trouble. Forget the immediate winter challenges which hit the headlines recently (and indeed hit the headlines every time there is a cold snap). That is a red herring. The big issues are, well, bigger. Much bigger. We’re an ageing population with ever greater health needs and fewer young people to go to work and fund our care. We’re a negligent population, too lazy to …

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