Everyone who goes to work wants to feel engaged in their job and as though they’re offering value to people. Unfortunately, however, that isn’t the case for most workers. So if you are feeling disengaged at work, you’re not alone.
Data suggest that only around 32 percent of workers are “actively engaged.” The rest are either “not engaged” or actively disengaged, meaning that they’re looking for work opportunities elsewhere. The problem of a lack of engagement runs right across the board. People who work in construction, for instance, are just as likely to be feeling disengaged at work as those who work in offices, sales or the service sector. Manufacturing is the worst-performing of all categories, with just 23 percent of employees describing themselves as engaged in the work that they do.
For those of you out there who are feeling disengaged at work, the following infographic makes for some interesting reading. Statistics show that millennials are the least engaged of any group of workers in the labor force. Those over the age of 70 the most engaged in what they’re doing. This lack of engagement, however, isn’t just hurting workers – it’s also having a measurable knock-on effect on business. Companies that have low employee engagement rates experience higher absenteeism, higher employee turnover, and more safety breaches. Estimates suggest that the cost to American companies is between $450 and $550 billion annually.
Fortunately, there are ways to improve the situation. Take a look at the following infographic to find out what can be done to turn the situation around.
Infographic by USC