15 Shocking Statistics about Engagement in the Workplace

Check out these statistics – are you as shocked as I am? I know we are often bogged down with our to-do lists and inbox management (did you know we check our email an average of 74 times a day, and 13 hours per week – yikes!), but did you think it was this bad?


After reading the below statistics I think employee engagement is a real problem, and it’s time business leaders start addressing it.


Let me know the story these statistics tell you in the comments below.



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The Engagement Problem:


  1. 70% of U.S. workers are not engaged at work via Gallup


  1. 69% of employees report engagement is a problem in their organization via Psychometrics Engagement Study


  1. 82% of employees said it’s very important that their organization address the employee engagement problem via Psychometrics Engagement Study


  1. 79% of business and HR leaders believe they have a significant retention and engagement problem via Forbes


  1. 90% of leaders think an engagement strategy will have an impact on business success, but barely 25% of them have a strategy via Bain.


The Cause:


  1. 60% of employees lack the elements required to be highly engaged via Towers Watson 2014 Global Workforce Study


  1. 28% of Millennials feel that their current organizations are making “full use” of the skills they currently have to offer via Deloitte 2015 Millennial Survey


  1. Managers account for 70% of variance in employee engagement scores across business units via Gallup


  1. 89% of employers think their people leave for more money, while 12% of employees actually do leave for more money via Leigh Branham, The 7 Hidden Reasons Employees Leave


  1. 20% of employees are not confident their manager will provide regular, constructive feedback via Callibrain


  1. 46% of employees stated that “a lack of transparent leadership communication” is driving them to seek new employment via Deloitte Development LLC (2010). Trust in the workplace: 2010 Ethics & Workplace Survey, 1, 3, 6.



The Value of Engagement:


  1. 79% of highly engaged employees have trust and confidence in their leaders via Towers Watson, “Engagement at Risk: Driving Strong Performance in a Volatile Global Environment” Global Workforce Study


  1. Employees who report feeling valued by their employer are 60% more likely to report they are motivated to do their very best for their employer via Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program, “American Psychology Association Harrison Interactive,” Workplace Survey


  1. Highly engaged employees are 87% less likely to leave their companies than their disengaged counterparts via Daily Infografic


  1. Revenue is 2.5X for companies with engaged employee’s vs competitors with low engagement levels via Daily Infografic