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Why the Majority of Employees Feel Engaged at Work

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2015-07-16
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    Why the Majority of Employees Feel Engaged at Work

    Why the Majority of Employees Feel Engaged at Work

    By Dennis McCafferty

The majority of employees consider themselves engaged with their work, according to a recent Aon Hewitt report, "2015 Trends in Global Employee Engagement." Most of them envision a long-term future with their employers and said they seek to do their best at work every day. These employees are also more likely to think highly of their organization's senior leadership than they did in the recent past. While the findings are generally upbeat, there are some potential trouble areas, as overall satisfaction is on the decline with respect to key engagement drivers such as career opportunities and their employer's "people focus." Such developments should serve as a warning sign to managers. "As GDP growth continues, we expect to see organizations make greater investments in people, which could result in an increase in employee engagement," says Ken Oehler, Aon Hewitt's global engagement practice leader. "However … employees who are engaged but not empowered are more likely to be frustrated, burned out and become disengaged, which puts organizations at risk of having suboptimal productivity and higher-than-average employee turnover." The data in this report comes from Aon Hewitt’s global employee research database, which consists of more than 8 million employee records from 2010 to 2014, representing companies from 68 industries operating in 164 countries. (Note: Increases and decreases in engagement factors are noted here only when the numbers changed by at least 3 percent.)

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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