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Employee engagement declines to lowest point in eight years

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Employee engagement declines to lowest point in eight years

However, over two thirds of employees are reasonably content.

A recently-released report from HR tech provider Quantum Workplace found employee engagement dipped to its lowest point in eight years.

"The data tells a clear story," said Greg Harris, president and CEO of Quantum Workplace. "Employee sentiment is moving to the middle. More employees are on the fence. They're generally favorable—they aren't necessarily trying to leave—but something is holding them back from truly engaging."

More employees are on the fence.The report also found that while engagement declined, employee retention was relatively stable. The majority of retention-related items trended down with engagement. However, 76.1% of employees said it would take a lot to get them to leave their current position, which is a .23% improvement from the previous year, when employees were more engaged.

"While the drop in engagement is disconcerting, employers should be encouraged that the three most important drivers of employee engagement are identical to the previous year," Harris said. "All three involve the commitment and strategic communication of senior leaders. That should give us a good hint about how employers should respond to these findings." 

Other findings from the report included:

  • Men had higher levels of engagement than women. Almost 71% of men were engaged, compared to fewer than 68% of women.
  • Baby boomers were the most engaged, followed by the youngest millennials.
  • Employee engagement was lowest in the Midwest. It was nearly 10 percentage points lower in engagement than the South, which had the highest level of engagement.
  • Executives declined in favorability on only 22% of the survey items, while hourly employees declined on 70% of the survey items. Executives were more favorable than hourly employees on every survey item.



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