Report: Employee Engagement Benchmark Study, 2013

We just published a Temkin Group report, Employee Engagement Benchmark Study, 2013 that updates a similar study we completed last year. Here’s the executive summary:

Using the Temkin Employee Engagement Index, we analyzed employee engagement across more than 2,400 U.S. employees. Employee engagement has increased over last year. Companies that outperform their peers in financial performance and customer experience have considerably more engaged workforces. Why does that matter? Because highly engaged employees try harder, recommend the company, help others, and take less sick time. It turns out that services industries have the most engaged employees while the retail sector has the fewest. We also found that highly engaged employees tend to be: front-line employees, high-income earners, male, African-American, and happy. Since engaged employees are such a valuable asset, we recommend that companies focus on this area using our Five I’s of Employee Engagement: Inform, Inspire, Instruct, Involve, and Incent.

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Here are some of the findings from the study:

  • Engaged employees are more than twice as likely to stay late at work if something needs to be done, help someone at work even if they’re not asked, and do something that is good for the company even if it’s not expected of them.
  • Engaged employees are almost three times as likely to make recommendations about an improvement and more than six times as likely to recommend that a friend or relative apply for a job.
  • Fifty-seven percent of U.S. employees are moderately or highly engaged, an increase from 47% that we found last year.
  • Three-quarters of employees in companies with significantly above average financial performance are moderately or highly engaged, compared with less than half of firms with subpar financial results.
  • Nearly twice as many employees at companies with subpar customer experience are looking for a job compared with employees at companies with good customer experience.
  • Professional services and construction companies have the highest level of employee engagement, while travel and retail firms have the lowest.
  • Sixty percent of the workforce at companies with 100 or fewer employees are moderately or highly engaged, compared with only 46% at companies with 10,000 or more employees.
  • Seventy-five percent of senior executives are moderately or highly engaged, compared with only 46% of individual contributors.
  • The most engaged employees tend to be older, male, college educated, and African-American.
  • The most engaged employees tend to be financially secure, healthy, physically fit, and typically happy.

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The bottom line: It’s time to focus on engaging your employees

P.S. Check out these recent related reports: The Five I’s of Employee Engagement and CX Needs More HR Focus on Employee Engagement

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I am an experience management transformist, helping organizations improve business results by engaging the hearts and minds of their customers, employees, and partners. My "job" is Head of the Qualtrics XM Institute. The Institute is still being established, but our goal is to help organizations around the world thrive by mastering Experience Management (XM). As part of this focus, I examine strategy, culture, interaction design, customer service, branding and leadership practices. And, as many people know, I love to speak about these topics in almost any forum. Prior to joining Qualtrics, I was managing partner of Temkin Group (leading CX research, advisory, and training firm), co-founder and chair of the Customer Experience Professionals Association (, and a VP at Forrester Research. I'm a fanatical student of business, so this blog provides an outlet for sharing insights from my ongoing educational journey. Check out my LinkedIn profile:

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