Employee engagement is an important part of creating a thriving workplace. There are some vital engagement statistics that you need to be aware of if you want your company to excel in 2017 and beyond.

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1. Only one-third of U.S. employees are engaged in their work and workplace.

Let’s begin with a simple engagement statistic. According to Gallup, only 33% of employees in the United States are engaged in their work. This does not mean that 67% of employees are actively disengaged as that number is much lower.

It is important to realize that there are different types of engagement. Gallup defines the following types of employee engagement:

  • Engaged: Workers who are active in their workplace, happy, and energized. They put passion into their work and love the work they do.
  • Not Engaged: Employees are psychologically unattached from the work they produce. Since their engagement needs aren’t being met, they just don’t have the energy or passion for the work they do.
  • Actively Disengaged: These workers are unhappy with their job, and they are resentful because of it. Their engagement needs aren’t being met so they act out on that unhappiness and can potentially undermine the work that engaged workers produce.

As a company, you should be trying to make sure that your employees are more engaged. You should be trying to avoid creating workers that are actively disengaged because this can cause huge issues in the workplace.

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(Source: Gallup)

2. On average workers spend 15 months in one role

As a company, your employees should always be progressing and changing. This is seen in this statistic from Glassdoor because on average their survey respondents only stayed in one role for 15 months.

This is good for you as a company because these role changes can become a great
way for you to retain more employees and keep them engaged. With the new responsibilities and pay raises that come with a role change, you can also see better engagement if your company actively seeks to engage workers.

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(Source: Glassdoor)

3. Remote workers are more engaged when they work remotely 60-80% of the time

Flexibility in the workplace is key to increased engagement, but only up to a point.

It is important to note that workers who work remotely all the time are just as likely to be engaged as those not working from home at all (30%). Employees who work remotely 60-80% of the time are engaged 41% of the time. The 11% increase can change the way a company functions and how productive they are.

People want to be able to work in the ways that suit them best. Sometimes that means working in an office, and sometimes that means being able to work from home. As a company, you should evaluate how you can provide more remote working opportunities for your employees.

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(Source: Gallup)

4. 59% of employees who worked stressful jobs said they would leave their job if they could

Career Cast shares an annual Stressful Jobs Reader survey and this particular survey boasted over 1,000 reader responses. Most of the survey participants had jobs on the higher end of the stress scale with the most popular answers out of 10 being 8 (24.6% of responses) and 7 (23.2% of responses).

As a company, your goal should be to manage stress and to understand where your employees fall on the stress scale. If your employees are highly stressed out that could strain engagement and retention rates for your company.

Invest in learning about your employees, especially if you
feel that working for your business could lead to a lot of stress.

59% of employees who worked stressful jobs said they would leave their job if they could Click To Tweet

(Source: Career Cast)

5. 51% of employees say they are actively looking for a new job or watching for openings

This is an important statistic because it changes drastically depending on how engaged the employee is:

  • 37% of engaged employees are looking or watching for new jobs.
  • 56% of not engaged workers are looking or watching for new jobs.
  • 73% of actively disengaged workers are looking or watching for new jobs.

This statistic is important in multiple ways. Many people feel that once they have an employee engaged, they will stay that way forever, but this is simply not true. Even companies with engaged workers will see them looking and watching for new jobs. On the other hand, if you have a workforce filled with not engaged and actively disengaged workers, turnover will be a huge problem because these types of employees are more likely to be looking for other work while being employed by your company.

Actively disengaged people are almost 2x as likely as engaged people to be looking for work elsewhere. Instead of letting them leave, try to engage them in different ways, so they will begin to fall into other engagement categories where they are less likely to look for work in new places.

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(Source: Gallup)

6. More than 20% of employers have replaced nearly half of their staff in the last 12 months

Hiring is expensive, and it is also time-consuming. When you are always hiring people, your team will not be as productive for two reasons:

  1. Your team as a whole is short-staffed during those times when you are finding new people to hire.
  2. All the individuals who are making hiring decisions are stuck making hiring decisions when their skill set could be used in other places in the company.

If more than 20% of employers have to deal with such a revolving door, that means that more than 20% of businesses aren’t operating at their best capacity.

This revolving door can be damaging if you are a small business because you might not have a full-time team dedicated to hiring/firing. As an owner, that may fall on your shoulders, and it takes you away from the process of running your own business.

Engaging your employees is key so that you can talk with them and work out issues before it gets to the point of having to replace staff who quit to move on to other careers.

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(Source: Spherion)

7. More than one in three employees (35%) have changed jobs within the last three years, and 91% of employees left their company to do so

This is a highly alarming statistic because you can always change jobs within the company you work in by just changing your role.

If companies can engage employees, they may be able to notice more often when people are getting bored with their jobs, and then they can transition the employee to a new work environment. This helps you keep workers in your company while also increasing their job satisfaction.

Alas, 91% of employees who have changed jobs are not doing this. Don’t be afraid to switch the positions that your employees have so that you can keep employees your love on your staff.

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(Source: Gallup)

8. 48% of those responding to Virgin Pulse’s State Of The Industry Report consider organizational culture a roadblock to increasing employee engagement

While the survey produced many other challenges like budget (47%), employee adoption/participation (40%), and communication (30%) the most common roadblock was organizational culture.

Employers cannot be complacent and subscribe to the “this is the way we have always done it,” mentality. As an employer, you must be willing to listen to and engage with your employees so that they feel heard and empowered.

Check out our employee feedback app.

When your employees are engaged, their productivity goes up. Don’t be afraid to morph and change your culture to get highly engaged employees.

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(Source: Virgin Pulse)

9. While 45% of executives are engaged, only 29% of managers are engaged

Engagement among managers is crucial in the workforce, but managers are less likely to be engaged compared to executives.

The chain of command is essential for many careers. Employees are most likely to come in contact with managers over executives on a day-to-day basis.
With that being said, it is crucial that your company put in place engagement strategies specifically for managers.

Employees often mimic the enthusiasm of their supervisors so if you can produce more engaged managers; you will produce more engaged workers.

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(Source: Gallup)

10. Employee experience index scores go up to 80% when they feel that their work is consistent with their company’s core values

Consistency is key when it comes to working for a company. Workers feel more at ease and happier when their work aligns with the values of the company. In fact, when employees don’t feel that there is an alignment their employee experience index scores are just 29%.

So, as a company, you should have clear values, and the work you give employees should align with that. Work should be and feel meaningful to the employees that you are working with.

You can survey your audience about the tasks that they are doing to ensure that they
feel that the tasks align with your company and help reach your business goals. When workers can see how their work impacts the company, their experience scores go up.

Employee experience index scores go up to 80% when they feel that their work is consistent with… Click To Tweet

(Source: IBM)

Conclusion

Employee engagement is crucial in 2017. Employees are not as engaged as they could be, but any step in the right direction can positively impact your company.

Take time to digest these statistics and understand how you may apply them to your own business. Do you need to work on keeping your employees engaged? Start now and work on changing the narrative of your company.

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By | August 29th, 2017|Employee Engagement|

One Comment

  1. Bob Gately October 20, 2017 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    It is hard to have engaged employees when we do not hire employees who will find their jobs challenging and rewarding. Add to that the managers who were hired for the wrong reasons, e.g., content of their resumes.

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