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6 Scary Stats about Employee Engagement (and 6 things you can do about it)

by Lindsay Bragg


There is no “one-and-done” solution to employee engagement. Keeping your super star employees at their best is an on-going endeavor. Check out these scary stats about employee engagement and then read on to discover our original research for what you can do to engage your top talent.

  1. Only 13% of employees are fully engaged at work.
  2. 89% of employers think their people leave for more money, but that’s actually only why 12% of employees leave.
  3. Disengaged employees are 3X more likely to be looking for a new opportunity than engaged employees.
  4. 59% of executives reported their organizations weren’t fully ready to address the employee engagement challenge.
  5. 90% of leaders think an engagement strategy would have an impact on business success, but barely 25% have them.
  6. Companies with engaged employees outperform those without by up to 202%.

 We partnered with to ask 650 HR leaders what employees need to keep them engaged and connected at work. (They could each select 3 answers.) Here’s what they said:

  1. Feeling heard (61%) – Employees need to know their opinions are valued. Let them know you’ve listened to their opinions, even if you disagree.
  2. Role and Goal Clarity (52%) – Employees need to understand what their expectations are, and how what they’re doing fits in to the organization’s goals.
  3. Opportunity to Provide Feedback to Leadership (47%) – Make sure communication with your leaders goes both ways. Employees give their best when they feel they can make a difference within their company.
  4. Improvement in Quality of Conversations (47%) – It’s not enough to just have conversations with your employees. They have to be the right conversations.
  5. Help with Fulfilling Their Goals (33%) – Don’t forget that employees have goals of their own. Know what those goals are and then find ways to work with them to help them achieve them.
  6. More Time to Connect (32%) – Make time for your employees both on a professional level, and a personal level.

Coaching conversations can make all of these practices just a little bit easier by providing a framework for the best conversations.  Read all the survey findings here.

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Lindsay is a Communications Specialist at InsideOut Development and holds a degree in Public Relations from Brigham Young University. She’s also worked as a newspaper reporter and account director at a PR agency. When she’s not researching or writing great content on nearly every HR topic under the sun, she volunteers teaching leadership skills to children and adults with disabilities at an equine assisted therapy center.

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