Study: 13 percent of employees worldwide are engaged at work

Sixty-three percent of the world’s employees are disengaged with their work. Twenty-four percent are not only disengaged, but spreading dissatisfaction to co-workers. Here’s why you need to stop it.

How many people at your company are engaged with their work?

Most companies would like to believe all of their employees look forward to their jobs every day and do them with pride, but a recent study from Gallup says that’s not the case.

According to the study, which surveyed workplaces in 142 countries, only 13 percent of workers are psychologically committed to their jobs and likely make positive contributions to their companies.

Most employees, 63 percent, are not engaged with their work and lack motivation. Twenty-four percent are actively disengaged, which means they are not only unproductive, but spread their dissatisfaction to others around them.

The United States and Canada have the largest amount of engaged workers—29 percent. Australia and New Zealand are close behind with 24 percent.

But only 6 percent of workers in East Asia are engaged, and the Middle East and North Africa have the highest amount of actively disengaged employees—35 percent.

While these numbers are bleak, the bright side is that the number of engaged workers around the world increased to 13 percent from 11 percent in Gallup’s 2009-2010 study.

But 13 percent is not enough.

An infographic from Ceridian says engaged employees help companies by:

  • Being committed. Eighty-nine percent of engaged employees feel loyal to their employer.
  • Speaking highly of the company. Eighty-six percent of engaged employees would recommend their company as a best place to work.
  • Improving the organization. Engaged employees ensure their work contributes to the company’s strategic goals.
  • Going the extra mile. Eighty-two percent of engaged employees work extra hours.
  • Increasing profits. Organizations with engaged employees see profits grow three times faster than their competitors.

For tips on how to engage your workforce, take a look at the infographic below:

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