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October Engagement Rates Remain Stable

We’ve talked a lot this year about Gallup’s Daily Survey to measure employee engagement rates in the US. Back in the beginning of the year we experienced some higher than normal rates, then followed by relatively similar rates since then. The survey shows for the month of October, out of the random sample of 7,273 employed US adults aged 18 and above, an average of 32.1% considered themselves to be engaged in their jobs.

Engagement is classified based on its key workplace elements including staff feeling that their opinions are listened to at work, having the opportunity to use their talents each day, and having support from leaders or managers who encourage their individual development.

Engaged employees are more enthusiastic about their own work and the success of the company as a whole, meaning that they can significantly impact a company’s productivity and success. According to Gallup’s previous in depth research, employee engagement is linked with business outcomes that directly affect an organization’s bottom line.

Interestingly, employee engagement in the US is experiencing its longest period of stability since the Gallup Daily Surveys began in 2011. As of March 2015, monthly averages have remains at a similar level- whereas in the past they have tended to fluctuate greatly over the course of the year.

In 2015 alone the engagement metric has been higher than it was between 2011 and 2013. So far this year it hasn’t fallen below 31%, and if the average above 31% continues for the final months of the year, the 2015 average will be slightly above last year’s average of 31.5%. The most engaged year yet!

Of course, while the stability and the figures are all positive, it still shows that the majority of the US workforce is not engaged- and on average, the nation has only two employees per “actively disengaged” employee. So it’s safe to say there is a ton of room for growth.

Read more about October’s engagement rates here.

US Employee Active Disengagement at Record Low

Recently posted on the Gallup website, a survey shows that the engagement of US employees fell to it’s lowest monthly average of the year in May 2015, with just 31.5% of the workforce feeling engaged in their jobs.

According to the report, while the figure runs in line with the previous months, with January, March and April of this year all witnessing a 31.7% engagement level it means that May had the lowest monthly average so far this year.

However, despite employee engagement remaining continuously flat, the number of “actively disengaged” US employees appears to be falling. From April to May this tear, the proportion of actively disengaged workers fell from 17.5% to 16.5%- the lowest yet this year and, along with December 2014’s figures, the all-time lowest active disengagement number on record. Since Gallup’s daily assessment of US worker engagement began back in 2011, active disengagement has reached as high as 21.8%.

It’s encouraging to see that active disengagement rates are going down while engagement rates are going up. The report summary notes that while US employers were able to reduce their proportion of actively disengaged employees in May, they were unable to increase the proportion of engaged members of staff. This suggests that employees are simply “not engaged”, conducting their daily tasks with little passion or enthusiasm.

As Gallup explains, while disengaged workers are not as destructive as actively disengaged ones, their lack of energy and drive means they are not being as productive as they could be, limiting an organization’s potential growth.

In order to resolve this issue, company bosses should be employing high-performing managers and implementing development strategies and incentives that play on the strengths of their employees.

Read the full article here.