56% of employees worldwide are engaged at work, down from 60% in 2009; that level is categorized as “indifferent.”
Workers are not so into work these days. After years of layoffs and being told to do more with less, and with few rewards for their efforts beyond hanging on to their jobs, their engagement level is the lowest in 15 years. See alsoOccupy Wall Street Resonates With Workers. A global survey from Aon Hewitt says one key driver of this apathy is a lack of confidence in corporate leadership. "A significant number of employees are not motivated enough to provide extra effort beyond the job requirements and many anticipate leaving their employers in the near future," says Pete Sanborn, talent and organization consulting global practice leader for Aon Hewitt. "Even at the height of the recession, employees felt a greater connection to their work and role in achieving organizational success than they do now. This is a harsh reality." One reason the C-Suite needs to turn this around: Return on investment is linked directly to high employee engagement. The research was compiled via ongoing surveys taken from an employee database representing five million workers worldwide; for more about the findings, click here.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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