WHY ARE SOME EMPLOYEES MORE ENGAGED THAN OTHERS?

Karsten Strauss’ Forbes.com article takes a look at who is more engaged and why. He reports that while both men and women’s levels of workplace engagement rose in 2015 – compared to previous collected data – the men’s increased 11 times more.

His article is based on a recent study by Quantum Workplace, collected from more than half a million employees from 8,700+ organizations, which indicates that men are more engaged at work than women, 72.7% to 67.9%. Almost 30% of male respondents said that they were “contributing” (a lesser form of engagement, according to the study), while only 24.6% of women could say the same.

The study also shows that employees who are under 25 years of age reported being engaged to the tune of 70.7%. That drops off among millennials – those ages 26 to 35 – only 67.3% of which reported being engaged. Those figures rise steadily with older age groups to 77.3% among those in the 66 and older category.

Other key findings in the study include:

  • Factors driving engagement related to managers declined significantly, revealing a weakness in leadership
  • Health care is the least engaged industry at 56.7 percent
  • 72 percent of Hispanics and Latinos are engaged, but just 63 percent of multi-racial employees are.

Overall, the engagement factor that fell the most significantly (-2.3%) was having regular, constructive feedback from managers.

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