The Best Employee Engagement Statistics You Should Know

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Employees spend more waking hours with their coworkers than they do their own families. So the fact that employee engagement continues to be of growing importance to them is no surprise. Employee engagement is a proxy to how committed your workforce is to not only their jobs but your company overall. In the past, companies were able to get by without considering how connected (or not connected) employees were to their mission, values, and overall goals. Today, it’s a different story.

With the rise of more integrated communication channels, both in and out of the office, employees are demanding a deeper connection to their colleagues, their teams, and the companies they work for. They want to know there is a shared value system – a true, authentic connection. Although this new philosophy of how companies engage employees can feel overwhelming, the benefits are wildly beneficial. If employees feel they are connected to the place they work, they are more likely to spread that cheerful connection to their families, friends, customers and other important networks. They’ll also be more likely to work smarter and longer, creating greater value to the company’s goals.

If you’re in need of some data to back up these claims, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of the best employee engagement statistics you should know:

Why Employee Engagement Matters

  • Companies with engaged employees outperform those without by 202% (Source: Gallup)
  • Highly engaged business units achieve a 10% increase in customer ratings and a 20% increase in sales (Source: Gallup)
  • 16% of employees said they felt “connected and engaged” by employers (Source: EmployeeChannel)
  • 50% of referred employees stayed in their positions five years on average (Source: SilkRoad)
  • 78% of companies have a documented employee engagement strategy and nearly 50% measure success (Source: Maritz Motivation)
  • Meaningful work is the single largest contributor to a positive employee experience (27%) (Source: Globoforce)
  • 98% of HR professionals and 92% of employees surveyed said empathetic employers drive retention (Source: Businessolver)
  • 92% of employees say showing empathy is an important way to advance employee retention (Source: Businessolver)
  • 80% of employees would work more hours and 60% would take a pay cut to work for a more empathetic employer (Source: Businessolver)
  • 53% of HR professionals say employee engagement rises when onboarding is improved (Source: SilkRoad)

Why You Can’t Afford to Ignore Employee Engagement

  • $11 Billion is lost annually due to employee turnover (Source: Bureau of National Affairs)
  • 50% of millennials would consider another job opportunity even if they weren’t looking to leave (Source: IBM)
  • 41% of Gen X are happy in their role, 51% experience high or very high workplace pressure, and one-third say they are highly likely to consider leaving their current role (Source: Hays)
  • 75% of the causes of employee turnover are preventable (Source: HR Dive)
  • 37% of engaged employees are looking for jobs or watching for opportunities, as are 56% of not engaged and 73% of actively disengaged employees (Source: Gallup)
  • 27% of employees change jobs each year, 17% are actively job-hunting and 46% are passively looking (Source: ADP)
  • 34% of employees say they plan to leave their current role in the next 12 months (Source: Mercer)
  • 18% of employees don’t feel confident that an employer will take care of them (Source: Job Applicator Center)
  • 90% of executives said keeping new hires is an issue in their organizations (Source: Korn Ferry)
  • 19% of executives said new hires, especially millennials, leave because they don’t like their organization’s culture (Source: Korn Ferry)
  • 47% of people actively looking for new positions say company culture is the main reason (Source: Hays)
  • 78% of HR leaders are more concerned about the talent shortage today than they were a year ago (Source: Spherion)
  • 76% of employees who do not feel valued are looking for other job opportunities (Source: Lifeworks)

Employee Engagement: Stats to Know

Companies want engaged employees to not only increase internal engagement and productivity but to also influence their overall brand exposure. These statistics show that engaged employees are more productive and more likely to stay with your company in the long run. Use these statistics to discover areas within your own company where engagement can improve and positively impact your business.

Want more? Both AccessPerks and Dale Carnegie are excellent resources for more employee engagement stats, as well as retention, workplace satisfaction, benefits, and more.

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G.I. Sanders

G.I. Sanders is Director of Marketing at Dynamic Signal. He specializes in entrepreneurship, digital and social media, design, and marketing. G.I. is based in Dallas, TX with his wife and two sons. Passions include technology, startups, music, fitness and sports.