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WHERE IS THE DISCONNECT ON ENGAGEMENT?

A new study shows that there is a huge gap between what employers and employees see as employee engagement. In this newsletter we are breaking it down for you here.

 
EMPLOYERS' PERCEPTIONS OF ENGAGEMENT MAY DIFFER FROM REALITY

"More than half of employers agree (49%) or strongly agree (9%) that their employees are highly engaged, which may not match up with reality, according to Gallagher’s 2023 Career Wellbeing Report.


For instance, about 38% of employers increased the importance of career well-being at their organizations this year, marking a 5-point year-over-year increase. However, career wellbeing was the least emphasized well-being initiative in 2023, falling behind employees’ emotional (74%), financial (49%) and physical (47%) well-being. “When employers provide their employees with clearly defined career trajectories, their workforces are more engaged, retention rates climb and, most importantly, business outcomes improve,” William Ziebell, CEO of Gallagher’s employee benefits and HR consulting division, said in a statement."" Learn more


WHY IS EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT IN A SLUMP?

"According to Gallup, there has been a measurable decline in employee engagement during the last year. Gallup’s reporting is consistent with my own company's observations of our clients, many of whom had increasing employee engagement scores over the last several years, only to fall in recent months. It feels like a perfect storm.


The job market remains ultracompetitive. Amid higher wages (still up 6.2% through July, according to ADP) and low unemployment, employees have choices. Expectations of their employers are much higher, not only for increased pay but for benefits and other perks." Learn more


WHAT ARE THE FIVE MAIN DRIVERS OF EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT?

"When it comes to maintaining employee engagement, the last few years have been tough. We’ve endured a global pandemic, many businesses were forced to rapidly adapt to new ways of working in order to stay afloat, and then we were confronted with trends such as Quiet Quitting.


It’s been a rocky terrain for HR professionals to have to navigate — and the drivers of employee engagement are shifting. The statistics themselves don’t paint a pretty picture: 2021 officially marked the first annual decline in employee engagement in ten years, according to Gallup. As of 2022, only 32% of employees are engaged, while 17% are actively disengaged. Millennials and Gen Z are mentally checking out of work, and they’re not too shy about vocalizing it." Learn more

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