Disengaged Employees Sticking With Employers

Employees surveyed said employers could do more to improve the employee experience and to offer recognition for their work.

Despite the fact that 70.1% of employees surveyed by Achievers, an employee engagement platform provider, do not consider themselves “very engaged,” only 34.7% plan to look for a new job in 2019, down from 74% in 2018.


When asked how engaged they were in their current job, the most common response was “average engagement, but open to new opportunities” (31.6%), and 31.3% say they’re “engaged but feel my company could do more to improve employee experience.”


When asked the main reason they would change jobs, only 14% said they’d leave because “I’m not engaged,” meaning many employees are sticking around despite average to no engagement. Instead, the top motives for people leaving their job were financial in nature—”a pay raise” (54.2%), “career advancement” (37.8%) and “better corporate benefits” (20.7%).


Among those who said their employer could do more to improve the employee experience, most see leadership as ineffective at improving company culture—just 9% called them “very committed” to improving company culture and employee experience. A combined 38% have either “never heard senior leadership talk about culture” or “they talk about it, but there’s no action to back it up.”


More than one-quarter of respondents (26%) ranked “recognition for my work” in their top three important factors for staying with their current employer, but nearly one in five (17%) said their manager/employer was “horrible – they never recognize my work” and the largest group of respondents (43%) ranked their manager/employer as just “okay” (recognizing them annually or quarterly at least). Just 10.8% of workers call their manager/employer “awesome” and are recognized weekly, and 29.4% call them “pretty good” and are recognized at least once a month.


The survey also found 16.3% of respondents called their manager/employer “horrible” at soliciting feedback on their employee experience, and 40% rated them just “okay – they ask for feedback only once or twice a year.” When it came to acting on feedback, workers ranked managers/employers even worse—42.3% said they’re “okay – they make a few changes based on it,” but 21.4% said they’re “horrible – they never do anything with feedback.”


To learn more about the survey results and how to improve employee engagement, download the full report at https://resources.achievers.com/resources/achievers-complacency-report/.