State of Employee Engagement Survey Reveals Startling Statistics

June 16, 2014 8:26 am Published by

PDT recently conducted a employee engagement survey of MyBroadBand.co.za users into the state of their workplace engagement.

  • 85% of respondents felt their companies could do significantly more in this regard.

“Employee engagement should not be confused with the social state of staff or how happy people are to sit through an 8 to 5 working day,” says Cornel van Lingen, CEO of the PDT Group. “An engaged employee is one that positively and proactively influences business operations. They are innovative, they are problem solvers and, as research in the US, UK and elsewhere shows, they contribute massively to productivity and profitability of their companies.

Employee EngagementResearch from Abroad

Employee Engagement and the associated benefits of getting it right has been the topic of many research papers in both the public and private sectors, with a recent study featured on CEO.com revealing that only 33% of American employees feel sufficiently engaged by their companies.

According to the study (conducted by US-based Business Intelligence specialists, Domo,) 25% of employees believe their basic level of job satisfaction will drastically improve if they were afforded more opportunities to do what they do best, with another 25% indicating that a better relationship with their manager would be a determining factor.

“We see a similar pattern with our research,” says van Lingen. “Of the 1200 plus survey participants, 67% felt their managers could provide stronger guidance and communicate better with their teams.

This points to an alarming lack of communication and/or perceived leadership in South African businesses and enterprises.”

Lack of Understanding and Communication

“The results of our survey into the topic of Employee Engagement will be released later in June,” says van Lingen. “Early indications are, however, that South African businesses are substantially behind the curve in terms of effective employee engagement.

Considering that high levels of engagement directly influence productivity, staff turnover, company efficiency and other key factors – it’s time South African businesses take a significantly closer look at ways in which they can improve and enjoy the benefits of Employee Engagement.”

PDTs 2014 State of Employee Engagement Report will be released in June.

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