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The Latest Trends in Employee Engagement

The Latest Trends in Employee Engagement
From Recruiter - July 20, 2016

Employee engagement is a hot topic of discussion in the corporate world today. Given thatemployees are as likely to job-hop for a raise as they are to ask for one, companies need to focus on staying in touch with their employees and their needs or risk losing them altogether. Losing valuable employees directly impacts the bottom line through hiring and training costs, not to mentionthe bigger risk that a recruiter wont be able to find someone as good as the person who left in the first place.

To help companies learn whats on the minds of their employees, the 2016 Employee Engagement Trendsreportcompiles survey results from more than 500,000 employees, across 8,700 companies thatparticipate in nearly 50 best places to work contests across America. The study was performed by employee feedback software firm Quantum Workplace.

The Learning Curve

Education level directly correlateswithlevel of employee engagement, according to the study. Employees without a high school diploma were the least engaged group at just under 63 percent. Meanwhile, those holding bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees were in the to 69-70 percent range.

Chances are the least educated employees are on the ground floor of the company. It may be difficult for them to see the bigger picture andhow their jobs contribute to the overall success of the business. To increase levels of employee engagement, managers should focus on giving feedback to employees at every level of the business, from the C-suite on down to the lowestdata entry or mailroom clerk on the ladder. Every contribution is important and should be recognized for its impact on the company.

For employees with bachelors or masters degrees, their level of engagement correlates directly with how involved they findtheir jobs to be. According to Quantum Workplace, those who findtheir jobs to be interesting and challenging report being more engaged. This speaks to the importance ofmaking sure that the right person gets hired forthe right job. If the corporate culture and/or the tasks of the role dontfit an employees personality and interests, they will most likely feel out of place and disengaged.

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