In 142 countries surveyed the proportion of employees who feel engaged at work is just 13% (30% in the US).
That’s an atrocious indictment of the prevailing notion of work.
A survey of more than 12,000 mostly white-collar employees across a broad range of companies and industries revealed:
Employees are vastly more satisfied and productive, it turns out, when four of their core needs are met:
- physical, through opportunities to regularly renew and recharge at work
- emotional, by feeling valued and appreciated for their contributions
- mental, when they have the opportunity to focus in an absorbed way on their most important tasks and define when and where they get their work done and
- spiritual, by doing more of what they do best and enjoy most, and by feeling connected to a higher purpose at work.
Bottom line: The more effectively leaders and organizations support employees in meeting these core needs, the more likely the employees are to experience engagement, loyalty, job satisfaction and positive energy at work, and the lower their perceived levels of stress.
When employees have one need met, compared with none, all of their performance variables improve. The more needs met, the more positive the impact.
Oh, and there’s this: Gallup found that companies in the top quartile for engaged employees, compared with the bottom quartile, had 22% higher profitability, 10% higher customer ratings, 28% less theft and 48% fewer safety incidents.