Gallup Poll Shows Employee Engagement Up But Still Low

PerformanceMgmtA recently published Gallup poll shows that 70 percent of workers were not engaged in their jobs in 2014. The number is down from 2013 and is the lowest in 15 years. In spite of that, 70 percent is still a high number, meaning only 30 percent of employees responded that they feel involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their workplace.

According to Aon Hewitt’s 2014 Trends in Global Employee Engagement study, the numbers are similar, rising and still low. Both groups show that managers and leadership are the most engaged, and Millennials the least. Gallup’s suggested reason for the latter statistic is that despite the upturn in the economy, Millennials may feel they are not getting the jobs they expected after graduating, and that they are not able to best use their talents in their jobs.

If your workplace has low employee engagement, consider some tactics to help improve your numbers. Aon Hewitt says that employee demographics will have an impact on engagement. They say the first step is to define what engagement looks like in each organization, then focus on reinforcing employees’ behaviors that meet that definition. They also say creating a culture of engagement, and living that culture, makes a huge difference.