50 Compelling Employee Engagement Statistics to Consider in 2022

Get a look at the bigger picture surrounding employee engagement with this mega list of employee engagement statistics.

Employee Engagement is More Important Than Ever

2021 was the most popular year for employee engagement ever and 2022 is shaping up to be another big year. Although searches haven’t reached last year’s peak (yet), this Google Trends report shows that employee engagement is here to stay.

Read on to learn why employee engagement is breaking numbers and continuing to grow!

Why Employee Engagement Matters

Employee engagement can be seen as a state of mind in which an employee is fully absorbed in their work and feels enthusiastic and committed to their company.

It might sound like a pipe dream, but a workplace like this is achievable with employee engagement software like Culture Booster. Happy employees can achieve far greater things than a disengaged, unsatisfied workforce.

Here’s why:

Engaged employees are far more likely to come up with new ideas and to be creative in their work. Not only that, but they are more productive, generate more revenue and are more likely to achieve their goals. To put it simply, employee engagement is a critical factor in a company’s short-term and long-term success.

7 Benefits of Strong Employee Engagement

  • Builds company loyalty
  • Lower risk of employee burnout
  • Lower employee absenteeism
  • Improve employee retention rates
  • Increased performance and revenue
  • Prevents turnover-related costs (hiring, training, etc.)
  • Drives employee advocacy and word of mouth marketing

50 Powerful Employee Engagement Stats You Should Know

6 Remote Work Statistics

  • 54% of people like working from home (Qualtrics)
  • 19% of people dislike working from home (Qualtrics)
  • Only 39% of Europeans like working from home, while 60% of North Americans do (Qualtrics)
  • 60% of people still working remote are excited to return to the office (Qualtrics)
  • 18% of people still working remote are not excited to return to the office (Qualtrics)
  • 68% of people are interested in working remotely some or all of the time going forward

3 Racial Inequality at Work Statistics

  • 15% of black workers say their company does not treat people of all races equally (Qualtrics)
  • 2% of white workers say their company does not treat people of all races equally (Qualtrics)
  • Black workers in the USA are 3.8X as likely as white workers there to say their company does not provide equal opportunities for different groups (Qualtrics)

41 Employee Engagement Statistics

  • 100% of companies with bad company culture don’t treat employees with the care they deserve (Culture Booster)
  • The global average employee engagement rate is only 15% of the workforce (Gallup)
  • 81% of employees are considering leaving their jobs (Gallup)
  • 33% of US employees are engaged at work, over double the global average (Gallup)
  • Employees are more likely to seek another job if their coworkers are doing so as well (Semantic Scholar)
  • 74% of younger employees would take a pay cut to work at their ideal job (Gallup)
  • Disengaged employees cost US organizations an estimated $450-$550 billion each year (Conference Board)
  • Organizations with high employee engagement are 21% more profitable (Gallup)
  • Organizations with high employee engagement are 17% more productive (Gallup)
  • 91% of employees think their leaders lack communication skills (Interact/Harris)
  • 1 in 3 employees don't trust their employers (Edelman)
  • 47% of people looking for a new job cite company culture as the primary reason for leaving (Hays)
  • Good company culture can increase revenue by 4x (Forbes)
  • 37% of employees consider recognition the most important support method (Octanner)
  • 84% of highly engaged employees received recognition the last time they want above and beyond (Bonusly)
  • 43% of employees prefer to receive recognition privately in a 1 on 1 with management (Red Balloon)
  • 33% of professionals looking for a new job cite boredom as the primary reason for leaving (Korn Ferry)
  • Only 29% of employees are happy with career advancement opportunities (SHRM)
  • 41% of employees consider career advancement important to job satisfaction (SHRM)
  • Up to 87% of millennials consider career development important (Gallup)
  • Only 31% of employers conduct employee surveys (Willis Towers Watson)
  • Only 13% of employers conduct focus groups (Willis Towers Watson)
  • 85% of employees say they're most motivated when management offers regular updates on company news (Trade Press Services)
  • 20% of remote employees say they lack a sense of belonging (Forbes)
  • 16% of employers monitor employees with software (Gartner)
  • Female bosses are on average 6% more engaged with employees than male counterparts (Gallup)
  • Disengaged employees cost employers about 34% of their total salary (Forbes)
  • Organizations with 50%+ employee engagement retain 80% of customers (Demand Metric)
  • High employee engagement organizations have 41% lower absenteeism (Gallup)
  • Workplaces with high employee engagement have 70% less safety incidents (Gallup)
  • A study of Best Buy found that increasing employee engagement just .01% is worth $100,000 or more (Harvard Business)
  • American companies spend $100 billion on employee engagement per year (Deloitte)
  • Only 25% of employers have an active engagement strategy for their company (The Muse)
  • 89% of HR leaders agree that ongoing peer feedback and check-ins are key for successful outcomes (Globoforce)
  • 96% of employees believe showing empathy is an important way to advance employee retention (Forbes)
  • 61% of employees are burned out on the job (CareerBuilder)
  • 37% of workers feel that company culture has improved since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic (Qualtrics)
  • Millennials are twice as likely as Baby Boomers to say their company’s culture has improved (Qualtrics)
  • 52% of people say that they've felt more purposeful in their work since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis (Qualtrics)
  • 47% of people report that they’ve felt burned out since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis (Qualtrics)
  • Married people are 29% more likely to have experienced burnout than those who are divorced (Qualtrics)

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