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4 Intriguing Statistics on Employee Engagement

Engaged employees are enthusiastic and committed to their work and workplace. They perform better and contribute more to the bottom line. Everything from benefit programs to manager/employee relationships affect how an employee feels about coming to work everyday.

Here are some statistics to show the impact of employee engagement:

Only 34% of American workers report feeling engaged at their jobs

Although this is low, Gallup has shown employee engagement is on the rise. Employees with higher engagement perform at higher rates which is why employers are starting to find new ways to improve engagement. This includes giving recognition for work accomplishments, strengthening relationships with coworkers and supervisors, and hiring managers who coach on employee strengths.

74% of employees want to learn during spare time at work

An important part of the employee experience is continuous learning. Employees want to be good at their current roles and want to prepare themselves for future promotions or opportunities. They want to be in control of their learning journey. The head of L&D at a company recently told me, “the first thing everyone asks me in an interview is 'what are the learning opportunities here?'”

Managers account for at least 70% of the variance in employee engagement scores

According to Gallup, it isn’t where you work, but who you work for. Managers are supposed to have your back, give you feedback, support, and look out for your best interest. If you have a micro-manager or a poor manager, you feel less valued, are intimidated, and work feels more like a chore. Good managers make employees want to come to work every day and want to work harder.

Over 60% of highly-engaged employees feel their work positively affects their physical health

If you are stressed, burnt-out or overworked, you are more likely to get sick and develop bad habits. On the flip-side, if you have great work-life balance, feel happy and appreciated, you likely have more energy and feel better. Wellness programs and gym memberships help, but the mind plays a huge role in our physical health.

Have more time? Check out the 2019 Learning Report for more statistics in Learning & Development trends.


Start out 2020 with a workshop for your leaders! Try Providing Performance Feedback or Delegating. Email or call Margie Adams at 303-809-8093.

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