Worldwide, 79% of full-time employees are disengaged at work according to advisory firm Gallup. 60% of people are emotionally detached at work and 19% are miserable. They discovered these remarkable statistics after surveying 112,312 business units in 96 countries for their 2022 State of the Global Workplace report.
Even more alarming than finding only 21% of employees around the world are fully engaged in their work, the survey also revealed that in answering the question, “Did you feel stress yesterday?”, 59% answered “yes”!
The survey also found that employee engagement trends in Australia and New Zealand are just as astonishing, with only 17% engaged in their work, and 47% having experienced stress the day before answering the survey.
This means that only 17% of employees in Australia and New Zealand are focused enough to contribute and align to their team’s objectives and productivity.
Another survey, ELMO’s HR Industry Benchmark Survey 2019, found that 1 in 12 respondents said employee engagement is taking up too much of HR’s time.
What is employee engagement?
This is a question that seems to have an obvious answer, but different managers, depending on their behavioural style, tend to view the issue from different perspectives. Employee engagement is the level of commitment and effort that an employee puts into their job, and the degree of satisfaction they derive from their efforts. Because this can be interpreted differently by individuals with differing behavioural styles, it is not easy to measure.
However, Gallup’s two definitions of employee engagement are worth quoting -
“Engaged employees are enthusiastic about their role, honour workplace values and take the initiative because they want to accomplish goals and help the organisation to succeed”.
“Disengaged employees do the bare minimum and take no pride in their work. In extreme cases, “actively disengaged” people show they’re unhappy and undermine the achievements of their colleagues”.