• Riley Steinbach

20 Must-Know Employee Engagement Statistics

Employee engagement is a top priority for most, if not all, organizations. In this article, we compiled a list of 20 must-know statistics about employee engagement.

Employee engagement

Employee engagement statistics


1) 85% of employees are not engaged in the workplace. (Source: Gallup)

You read that correct! 85% of employees are disengaged.


2-3) Companies with engaged employees outperform those without by 202% (Source: Dale Carnegie Training), and companies with highly engaged employees are 21% more profitable. (Source: Gallup)


Engagement = productivity = profits! This isn’t surprising. When employees are engaged in their work, they are more productive.


4) Highly engaged employees are 87% less likely to leave their place of work, compared to disengaged employees. (Source: The Muse)


If employees enjoy showing up to work everyday, there is a high chance that they will stay loyal to the company. High employee retention can save companies time and resources.


5) 90% of leaders think that an engagement strategy has an impact on business success. However, only 25% of them have a policy in place to keep their employees engaged. (Source: Dale Carnegie Training)


It is time for organizations to truly take action to keep their employees engaged. A performance management solution and a reward/ recognition program can help keep employees engaged.


6) 20% of employees are both highly engaged and at risk of burnout. (Source: Harvard Business Review)


Companies want engaged employees, but we also have to recognize that highly engaged employees are at risk of burnout. Managers need to be trained to spot potential burnout before it happens. This starts with regular 1-on-1 conversations and asking the right questions.


7) Companies with engaged employees have 89% greater customer satisfaction and 50% higher customer loyalty than ones with disengaged employees. (Source: Korn Ferry)


Passion will shine through work, and customers notice! This can ultimately affect the customer experience and satisfaction. It is important to remember that employee engagement does not just affect the organization internally, but externally too!


8) Supervisor support more than doubles the odds of employee engagement. (Source: Gallup)


Managers need to know how to support their employees. This starts with building a good workplace relationship. Managers should be meeting with each of their direct reports on a regular basis.


9) 53% of HR professionals claim that employee engagement levels rise when onboarding improves. (Source: Silk Road)


Opportunities to get your employee engaged starts from day one.


Feedback and engagement statistics


10) 64% of HR leaders say an always-on feedback tool is essential to an engagement program, but only 20% have this kind of tool in place. (Source: Achievers)

Many organizations underestimate the importance of a robust continuous feedback software (and for matrix organizations, a 360 feedback software). To keep employees engaged, employees need to receive plenty of feedback, and a tool can help store and document all this feedback in one place.


11) Companies that effectively turn feedback into action have an 80% employee engagement rate. (Source: Qualtrics)


Feedback is how we improve. Feedback must be constructive, objective, real-time, and direct & kind to be effective. No sugar coating!


Recognition/ career development and engagement statistics


12-13) 37% of employee consider recognition the most important part of a job (Source: O.C.Tanner), and 69% of employee said if they were appreciated, they would work harder if they felt more appreciated. (Source: Officevibe)


Recognition has a major impact on employee engagement. If they feel that their hard work is not appreciated, they may become less inclined to work hard.


14) 41% of employees consider career advancement opportunities an important factor at work, but only 29% of employee are happy with their career advancement opportunities. (Source: SHRM)


If employees don’t see opportunities ahead of them or if their managers are not communicating career advancement opportunities, employee can become disengaged fast. Managers should be relaying advancement opportunities during performance reviews. This can encourage employees to stay motivated to produce top quality work.


15) 69% of employees say that they are ready to work harder if their bosses appreciated their efforts better, 78% of employees said being recognized motivates them in their jobs, and 72% of employee get praise less than once a week. (Source: Officevibe)


Feedback is very useful when trying to improve someone’s performance, but it is also a great tool for recognizing employees. If you recognize someone’s hard work, be sure to let them know - it can mean more than you think.


Other engagement statistics


16) 25% of Canadians love their job so much they would do it for free. (Source: Statistics Canada)


Wow - those must be some engaged employees! Working for free is not very realistic, but this statistic does showcase that employees view work as something more than just a paycheck.


17) Only 25% of employees who quit their jobs cite money as the main reason for leaving. (Source: Lorman)


Money isn’t everything! Corporate culture, work-life balance, workplace relationships, etc., all play a role in employee engagement and happiness. Managers have to pay attention to what makes their employees motivated. To that end, managers should be checking in with their employees often.


18) Employee disengagement costs the overall US economy as much as $350 billion every year. (Source: Gallup)


Low employee engagement is costly for organizations. Investing in talent engagement can save companies thousands of dollars in the long run. Check out this blog on how to engage your employees.


19) Businesses with a strong learning culture enjoy employee engagement and retention rates around 30-50% higher than those that don’t. (Source: Robert Half)


Invest in the learning of your employees! Not only will it encourage them to be engaged in their ongoing learning as an employee, but it can help you save thousands of dollars with better retention rates!


20) One in every three employees quit their job due to boredom. (Source: Smarp)


Employees want to be challenged at work. They become bored too fast if they are tasked with the same thing every day and don’t get to put their skills to the test. Do not be scared to offer your employees more responsibility if they are ready for it.


Which statistic surprised you the most?


If this article interested you, check out our previous article on performance management statistics.