Industryweek 10732 Engagement

Employers Rank Employee Engagement as a Strategic Priority

April 6, 2016
The connection between high employee performance and employee engagement is well established, with over 80 percent of employers listing engagement as a priority.

Over 82 percent of employers surveyed by TalentKeepers say employee engagement is a priority for them in 2016.

To help these employers understand available solutions and effectiveness of various engagement and retention efforts, TalentKeepers offered the results of its 12th annual survey of tactics and trends: Workplace America, its 12th annual report of employee engagement and retention trends.

Employee engagement is gaining respect as a key strategy for many organizations. For four years running, over 80 percent of U.S. employers participating in the survey rank employee engagement as a strategic priority. And even though the number of organizations rating themselves as very effective in engaging employees nearly doubled from 14 percent in 2015 to 26 percent in 2016, this is a surprisingly large gap given the consequences of poor engagement.

Another dramatic increase was “morale and culture” as being the most impacted by poor engagement and turnover among employees. This number grew from 50 percent in 2014 to 72 percent in 2016, beating out things like productivity and team performance by a large margin.

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