Gallup Reports Employee Engagement is on the Rise
Gallup recently reported that 34% of U.S. workers are engaged at work, tying for the highest in Gallup history. In addition, only 13% are actively disengaged at work, the lowest Gallup has ever recorded.
4 Reasons Employee Engagement is Rising
According to Gallup, there are various reasons we can attribute to the increasing employee engagement rates:
1. Employees are satisfied with increased recognition and better working relationships.
Gallup has found that at least 70% of engagement variance comes from quality leadership.
2. Unemployment is declining.
This means that more disengaged employees have been able to find other employment.
3. Employee turnover rates are slightly higher.
Employee engagement is highest when people are new to an organization.
4. Employees are slightly more satisfied with more tangible benefits.
Benefits such as vacation/flex time along with performance and pay plans help boost engagement.
Companies Investing in Employee Engagement are Seeing the Benefits
The boost in employee engagement is not coincidental. Organizations that have taken the time to make employee engagement a priority are now seeing the benefits, such as:
- Increased employee productivity
- Higher profitability
- Higher customer engagement
- Better retention
- Fewer accidents
By making employee engagement a company-wide priority, supported and driven by the c-suite, managers have been successfully able to further engage their employees and, ultimately, grow their companies substantially.