Employee Engagement Statistics 2022

Written by Samantha Ferguson

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In this digital-first, hybrid era of working, with teams more dispersed than ever before, employee engagement has never been more important. To get a better understanding of how employees feel about engagement in their workplace, we surveyed 192 respondents in September 2022. We asked them about work-life balance, productivity, recognition and more. 

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15% of people do not feel engaged at work πŸ˜”

Of those disengaged people…

πŸ€‘ Almost 70% are unhappy with their pay 

πŸ“ˆ 60% are unhappy with their progression prospects

βš–οΈ And 46% said they don’t have a good work-life balance

(Coincidentally, 46% also said they are actively seeking new employment πŸ”Ž)

When it comes to people who are engaged at work… πŸ˜ƒ

🧰 85% said they have the tools they need to do their job

πŸ€‘ Almost 60% said they are happy with their pay

πŸ“ˆ Over 70% said they’re happy with their progression prospects

βš–οΈ And almost 80% said they have a good work-life balance

How engagement impacts the workplace…πŸ’ͺ

πŸ“ˆ Almost 90% of people feel that being more engaged at work increases productivity 

πŸ˜ƒ Over 90% of people feel that being more engaged at work increases customer satisfaction

πŸ’Έ  Over 85% of people feel that being more engaged at work increases profitability

β›‘ Over 85% of people feel that being more engaged at work increases workplace safety

πŸ€’ 82% of people feel that being more engaged at work decreases absenteeism

πŸ” 85% of people feel that being more engaged at work reduces employee turnover 

Recognition in the workplace… πŸ†πŸ‘ πŸ’¬

Only 30% of people say they frequently receive recognition at work. Almost 20% of people said they never, or almost never, receive any recognition. πŸ‘Ž

When asked β€œHow do you currently receive recognition at work?” mixed answers were given, with the majority of people selecting β€œverbal praise”: 

When asked β€œHow would you prefer to receive recognition at work?” the answers changed, with almost 80% of people selecting β€œmonetary rewards”: 

What is important to employees? πŸ€”

When asked what is most important to them at work…

  • over 65% of people said salary & benefits are most important. πŸ’΅
  • Almost 20% said learning & development is most important. πŸŽ“
  • And the remaining 15% said the most important thing was that the company culture aligned with their own values. 🌎

Relationships with colleagues are important for engagement too. When asked how they would like to improve relationships with co-workers, most people (60%) selected team lunches. πŸ• Other responses were: 

  • Team building activities (40%) 🎳
  • After-work drinks (38%) 🍻
  • A retreat (29%) 🏝
  • Virtual gatherings (16%) πŸ–₯

Note: respondents were able to select more than one option.

Work-life balance 🀯

An incredible 96% of respondents said that work-life balance is important to them. And yet, 84% of people said they have experienced burnout in the workplace. πŸ₯΅

There are several different barriers to work-life balance:

  • Almost 60% of people said their excessive workload is their biggest barrier to work-life balance. πŸ“š
  • 46% of people said that their own perfectionism was preventing them from achieving a better work-life balance πŸ€“
  • 35% blamed their company culture. πŸ™…β€β™‚οΈ

When asked how work-life balance could be improved, most people (51%) selected flexible working hours.

Written by <a href="https://www.project.co/author/samanthaferguson/" target="_self">Samantha Ferguson</a>

Written by Samantha Ferguson

Samantha is Head of Content at Project.co. She has 5+ years' experience in the project management industry and in that time she's written over 100 articles on the subject and conducted studies on employee engagement and how AI is impacting the industry. She also has a lifetime's experience of being obsessed with organisation and productivity - Samantha is that person who plans travel itineraries down to the hour! Her favourite Project.co feature is the AI assistant.

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