One can’t help but feel discouraged by such oft-cited numbers. If 87 percent of my staffers are disengaged and not doing me any good, why not fire those slugs and keep the superstar?
It’s not so simple. When it comes to employee engagement, and employee engagement statistics, it’s often difficult to sort fact from fiction.
With that in mind, let’s re-examine some pervasive workforce engagement myths:
Myth 1: Most of your workforce is disengaged.
As we completed the research for The Employee Experience, we reviewed results from more than 24 million survey responses. We learned that the “fully disengaged” figure across the world is actually less than 5 percent—a far cry from the staggering numbers reported in publications today.
So, why does this myth have such widespread distribution? Well, there is some truth to it, but this grim notion is more myth.