Engagement and Performance

  • Watson Wyatt's research shows that companies where engagement is high produce as much with six workers as their competitors do with seven.
  • Watson Wyatt's Paul Platten says the primary reason some companies struggle to attract and retain critical-skill and top-performing employees is because they haven't adopted a long-term talent management strategy that allows them to stay in front of the competition.
  • According to the Watson Wyatt survey findings, highly engaged employees are almost 80 percent more likely to be top performers. They also miss 20 percent fewer days of work and about three-quarters of them exceed or far exceed expectations in their most recent performance review. Additionally, highly engaged workers tend to be more resilient to and supportive of organizational change initiatives.
  • 66% of business leaders say they are more aggressively educating employees on their role in delivering on the value proposition.
  • 93% of employees say that working with a low performer has decreased their productivity (Leadership IQ, June 2006)
  • 30% of executives say motivating their employees is their toughest challenge (The Creative Group, September 2006)
  • 85% of employees' morale sharply decreases after the first 6 months on the job. (Sirota Survey Intelligence, June 2006)
  • Employees are 15 times more enthusiastic when equity, achievement and camaraderie are all present in the workplace. (Sirota Survey Intelligence, June 2006)
  • 71% of workers say they have no desire to become boss at their workplace. (Office Team, June 2006)
  • 31% of managers say if they could have one wish at work, it would be to develop a new skill. (Accountemps, December 2006)
  • The number of workers who want positions with greater responsibility in the workplace decreased by 19% within the past 10 years. (Families and Work Institute, October 2005)
  • The top 5 reasons why new hires fail: 26% coachability; 23% emotional intelligence; 17% motivation; 15% temperament; 11% technical competence. (Leadership IQ, September 2005)
  • In a Hewitt engagement study, 28% indicate that one out of two workers worldwide is currently disengaged, 28% of workers are actively in the job market, and 40% of workers would like to be employed somewhere else within one year. (Hewitt, 2008, Next-Generation Talent Management)
  • Nearly 40% of employees experience so much stress over personal finances that productivity suffers. Workers can waste more than 20 hours of company time per month thinking about personal finances. (Debt-Free America, October 2006).
  • 32% of adult US workers listen to music at work on an MP3 player or similar devices. 79% say it improves their job satisfaction and/or productivity. (Harris Interactive, September 2006)
  • 66% of office workers say they have some physical problems as a result of job-related stress or exertion (Swingline Workspace Tools, November 2006)