Survey: U.S. employee engagement is rising

Gallup reports its highest figures since it began tracking this crucial productivity indicator in 2000.

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U.S. workers appear to be finding the sunnier side of workplace life.

According to Gallup data, 34 percent of U.S. workers are now “engaged,” or “enthusiastic about and committed to their work and workplace.” This is tied for the highest number Gallup has found since it began tracking employee engagement in 2000. Gallup also found an all-time low of “actively disengaged” employees (13 percent).

The news isn’t all good, however.

Gallup’s findings—derived from a “random sample of 30,628 full- and part-time U.S. employees working for an employer from January to June 2018”— established that 53 percent of staffers are still “not engaged” at work. That’s a hefty chunk of apathetic Allans and disinterested Donnas who show up but would rather be anywhere else.

Why the uptick in employee engagement? Gallup highlight four possibilities:

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