Engaged employees are a minority

It is well documented that employees who are engaged in their job, creates significant larger value for their companies and customers. Even so, surveys from Gallup show that the engaged employees are a clear minority in companies. In Denmark, only one in five employees is engaged, while it is e.g. one in three in USA. That lack of engagement is costly when it comes to production and it hurt your competitiveness.

Satisfied employees stay – Engaged employees contribute”

There is a clear and well documented connection between employee engagement and productivity – thus also the balance.

Gallup Inc. publishes yearly the analysis “State of the Global Workplace – Employee Engagement Insights for Business Leaders Worldwide”. The report estimates that only one in five Danish employees is engaged in their work, i.e. only 20%. In comparison with other countries we usually compare us with; it is a fine result, actually in the top.

But do we compare with e.g. USA where one in three employees according the analysis is engaged, it is remarkable that in the last 20 years, the productivity growth in American companies nearly is twice as big as in Danish companies (source: The Productivity Commission).

Gallup point out that the best American companies have twice as many engaged employees that average. That indicates, that there are a large unfulfilled potential in increasing employee engagement.

On the other side of the engaged employees, you’ll find the “actively disengaged” that undermine their company, act disloyal, and in some cases even criminal. In Denmark, that group constitute about 10% i.e. one in every 10 employee.

Figure 1: Employee satisfaction vs. Engagement. Satisfied employees stay – engaged employees contribute.

Engaged Employees en

Engaged employees work with passion and feel a profound connection to their company. They drive innovation and move the organization forward.

Not-Engaged employees are essentially “checked-out”. They are sleepwalking through their workday, putting time – but not energy or passion into their work.

Actively disengaged employees are not just unhappy at work; they are busy acting out their unhappiness. Every Day, these workers undermine what their engaged coworkers accomplish.