Report: Employee Engagement Benchmark Study, 2017

We just published a Temkin Group report, Employee Engagement Benchmark Study, 2017. This is the sixth year that we’ve published the benchmark of U.S. employees. The research is based on an online survey on Q3 2016. (Take a look at our Employee Engagement Resource Page).

For the sixth year in a row, Temkin Group used the Temkin Employee Engagement Index to analyze the engagement levels of more than 5,000 U.S. employees. We found that:

  • Sixty-three percent of U.S. employees are “highly” or “moderately” engaged – the highest level we’ve seen in the six years we’ve conducted this study.
  • Companies that outperform their competitors in both financial results and customer experience have more engaged workers.
  • Compared to disengaged employees, highly engaged employees are almost five times more likely to recommend the company’s products and services, they are over four times more likely to do something that is good, yet unexpected, for the company, they are three times more likely to stay late at work if something need to be done, and they are over five times more likely to recommend an improvement at the company.
  • Companies with 501 to 1,000 employees have the highest percentage of engaged employees, while companies with 10,000 or more employees have the lowest.
  • On an individual level, our research shows that the most highly engaged employees tend to be those who regularly interact with customers, who are highly educated, who earn a high income, and who are executives.
  • Forty-nine percent of construction employees are highly engaged, the highest level of any industry. At the other end of the spectrum, only 20% of employees in public administration are highly engaged.
  • Given the significant value of engaged employees, we recommend that companies improve engagement levels by mastering our Five I’s of Employee Engagement: Inform, Inspire, Instruct, Involve, and Incent.

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Here’s what we found when we examined year-over-year results for the Temkin Employee Engagement Index:

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Report Outline:

  • Employee Engagement Is On The Rise
  • Which Employees Are Most Engaged?
  • Master the Five I’s of Employee Engagement

 

Figures in the Report:

  1. Temkin Employee Engagement Index(TEEI)
  2. Engaged Employees Are Valuable Assets
  3. Engaged Employees Try Harder
  4. Customer Experience Leaders Have More Engaged Employees
  5. Temkin Employee Engagement IndexBy Industry
  6. Temkin Employee Engagement IndexBy Industry (2014 to 2016)
  7. Temkin Employee Engagement Index(TEEI) By Sie of Company
  8. Temkin Employee Engagement Index(TEEI) BY Amount of Customer Contact and Role Within Organization
  9. Temkin Employee Engagement Index(TEEI) By Organizational Role
  10. Temkin Employee Engagement Index(TEEI) By Age
  11. Temkin Employee Engagement Index(TEEI) By Income Level
  12. Temkin Employee Engagement Index(TEEI) By Education Level
  13. Results From Employee Engagement Competency Assessment

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Here are previous employee engagement benchmark studies: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012.

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I'm an experience (XM) management catalyst; helping organizations improve results by engaging the hearts and minds of their employees, customers, and partners. I enjoy researching and speaking about leading-edge XM topics. I lead the Qualtrics XM Institute, which is the world's best job. We're igniting a global community of XM Professionals who are inspired and empowered to radically improve the human experience. To achieve this goal, my team focuses on thought leadership, training, and community building. My work is driven by a set of fundamental beliefs: 1) Everything starts and ends with human beings, so you need to understand how people think, feel, and behave; 2) XM is a discipline that needs to be woven throughout an organization's entire operating fabric; and 3) Building the XM discipline requires a combination of culture, competency, and technology.

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