The report includes highlights from Gallup’s study of the U.S. workforce from 2010 through 2012. The latest study is a continuation of Gallup’s research covering the previous two-year period.
According to Gallup, the biggest factor affecting employee engagement is a company’s selection of managers. Bad management tends to correlate with active disengagement, which was shown to have the most negative impact on an employer’s bottom line. Gallup research shows that one in five U.S. workers is “actively disengaged,” and that category of the least satisfied workers is affecting GDP by as much as $500 billion annually.
Other takeaways: workers allowed to work remotely are slightly more engaged and log more hours each week; college-educated employees tend to be less engaged that other workers; and so-called Millenials are the most likely generation to say they will leave their jobs in the next year if the market improves.
The good news for employers is, according to Gallup, employee engagement can be improved. The report examines job satisfaction across different industries and offers employers information about what they can do differently to boost engagement.