In a global study of over 88,000 employees, it was determined that barely 21% (1 in 5) are engaged in their jobs. Employee engagement is a measurable degree of an employee’s positive (or negative), emotional attachment to their job, colleagues and organization. An employee’s level of engagement profoundly influences their willingness to learn and perform at work.
The percentage of employees in the study that were fully disengaged was 8% and the remaining 71% were partially engaged or partially disengaged. In other words, they are on the fence about the organization and their role within it.
Why should you care? Research shows that companies with higher levels of engagement experience 50% higher sales, 38% higher productivity and 27% higher profits. According to the Gallup organization, disengaged employees cost the U.S. over $300 billion each year in lost productivity. Any way you slice it, the time and money spent to improve employee engagement delivers on the investment.