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Tuesday, November 8, 2016
The new director of employment affairs at the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has called on companies to put more emphasis on employee engagement as part of their business strategies.
Former trade union official Michael Murdoch has been appointed director of employment affairs following the retirement of Peter Rimmer.
Previously senior lecturer at the University of South Wales, where he was director of the MSc programme in Human Resource Management, Mr Murdoch said employee engagement had been the focus of the “highest attention in the field of workplace people management in the last 10 years”.
A member of the ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) Arbitration Panel, Mr Murdoch spent 22 years as a trade union officer with AEEU-Amicus before it merged with the Transport and General Workers’ union to form Unite the Union. BESA negotiates with Unite over the building engineering sector’s Operative National Agreement and Environment Engineering Industry staff salary agreement.
He brings extensive experience of collective bargaining, both at national and company level, to the role along with good knowledge of the sector.
“The basic principle is that an engaged workforce is more committed, more responsive, has higher morale and motivation and is, therefore, good for business,” said Mr Murdoch. “There are certain key features of an engaged workforce and the Association wants to help members cultivate this characteristic in their employees. We want to demonstrate and coach how it is done.”
He added that the BESA Employment Affairs department would also be offering professional mediation services; either through in-house training for members, who want to have staff skilled enough to carry out their own mediation, or directly via a qualified BESA representative.
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