Employee engagement has taken a nosedive according to new findings from Gallup.
According to the firm’s most recent research, engagement has fallen to its lowest levels since 2015, with 18% of 67,000 employees stating being actively disengaged at work. In fact, disengagement levels have steadily risen since 2020.
More specifically, regions of disengagement that saw the sharpest fall included:
- Clarity of expectations
- Connection to the company’s mission
- Growth and upskilling opportunities
- Opportunities to do what employees do best
- Feeling cared about at work
On the flipside, those who are engaged said they felt “involved in and enthusiastic about their work and workplace.”
Out of all respondents, women and workers under 35 saw the biggest dip in engagement.
“More and more employers want people back in the office while the younger generation of workers desire the flexibility,” said Jay McDonald, author of ‘Strategic Jaywalking: The Secret Sauce to Life & Leadership Excellence.’
“If a company doesn’t define their work structure clearly and have employees that will adhere to it, there will always be that disengagement. One side feels the other doesn’t ‘get’ them or trust them. And trust is at the center of a good working relationship.”