2016 was a doozy, right? Good and bad, the year brought forth a ton of changes across the US, politically, economically, emotionally, and every other -ally you want to throw in there.

And it all sets the stage for 2017.

What will this year bring?

Maybe the completion of Millennial entry into the workforce.

Maybe a complete overhaul of ACA and employment benefits structures.

Maybe even more dramatic change from the first wave of Gen Z employees.

It could get wild.

We know this for sure: there will be data

And as we've done in previous years, we'll be there collect every stat that's relevant to US employee engagement, workplace satisfaction, and employee benefits and perks, with links back to original sources.

Check them out here:

Of course, all of these statistics will also find their way onto our Ultimate Collection of Employee Engagement & Loyalty Statistics. Stats related to Millennials will also be added to our database of Millennial Employee Engagement & Loyalty Statistics.

Have data you'd like to see on these pages? Drop us a link in the comments.

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2017 Employee Engagement/Retention Statistics

  • 51% of the U.S. workforce is not engaged (Gallup)
  • Disengaged employees cost organizations between $450 and $550 billion annually (The Engagement Institute)
  • 63% of the workforce was engaged in 2016 (24% highly engaged, 39% were moderately engaged (Aon Hewitt)
  • 34% of employees say they plan to leave their current role in the next 12 months (Mercer)
  • 27% of employees change jobs each year, 17% are actively job-hunting and 46% are passively looking (ADP)
  • 51% of workers are looking to leave their current jobs (Gallup)
  • The average American worker spends 15 months in one role (Glassdoor)
  • 50% of employees say that are planning to stay at their current company for two years or less (Execu-Search)
  • 68% of Millennials say the longest they would stay at a job they like is at least three years (Qualtrics)
  • 50% of referred employees stayed in their positions five years on average (SilkRoad)
  • 35% of employees have changed jobs within the past three years; 91% of these left their company to do so (Gallup)
  • 54% of Americans say now is a "good time" to find a quality job (Gallup)
  • 37% of engaged employees are looking for jobs or watching for opportunities, as are 56% of not engaged and 73% of actively disengaged employees (Gallup)
  • 51% of U.S. workers overall (60% of millennials) are considering new employment opportunities (Gallup)
  • 41% of millennials expect to be in their current job for two years or less (compared to 17% of Gen X and 10% of Boomers) (Job Applicator Center)
  • 51% of Millennials are planning to leave their company in the next two years, compared to 37% of GenX and 25% of Boomers (Lightspeed)
  • 44% of millennial leaders say they intend to stay at their same company for more than 15 years; 29% of non-millennial leaders said the same thing (The Conference Board)
  • 73% of employees are open to hearing about new opportunities (TopResume)
  • 13% of employees say they love their job and are not looking for other opportunities (TopResume)
  • 87% of employees say they’re “highly committed” to their organization  (ReportLinker)
  • 40% of millennials say they are “somewhat” committed to their employer (ReportLinker)
  • 66% of older employees say they are “highly” committed  (ReportLinker)
  • 59% of employees would leave their profession if they could (CareerCast)
  • 11% of employees say they don’t love their job, but they’re not sure if it’s time to leave it (TopResume)
  • 3% of employees say they’re unsure of their feelings toward their current job (TopResume)
  • 18% of employees don’t feel confident that an employer will take care of them (Job Applicator Center)
  • 46% of employees would consider a job that matched their current salary or even paid less (ADP)
  • Employees earn a 5.2% pay increase on average when changing jobs (Glassdoor)
  • 62% of those with a postgraduate education say now is a good time to find a quality job (Gallup)
  • 57% of those with an annual household income of $75,000 or more say it is a good time to find a quality job (Gallup)
  • 49% of workers agree that their ability to find a new job has increased significantly over last year (Spherion)
  • 56% of those who are employed say it is a good time to find a quality job (Gallup)
  • 54% of those younger than 35 say it's a good time to find a quality job versus 48% of those aged 35 and older (Gallup)
  • A 10% increase in base pay increases the odds an employee will stay at the company by 1.5 percent (Glassdoor)
  • 90% of millennials would choose to stay in a job for the next 10 years if they knew they'd get annual raises and upward career mobility (Qualtrics)
  • 52% of employees feel confident their employer will repay them for their loyalty  (Job Applicator Center)
  • 90% of executives said keeping new hires is an issue in their organizations (Korn Ferry)
  • 19% of executives said new hires, especially millennials, leave because they don’t like their organization’s culture (Korn Ferry)
  • 90% of millennials said they consider a company's sustainability important, compared to 84% of GenX and 77% of Boomers (Lightspeed)
  • 46% of HR pros list retention as their top challenge (Globoforce)
  • 20% of employers have replaced nearly half of their staff in the last 12 months (Spherion)
  • 78% of HR leaders are more concerned about the talent shortage today than they were a year ago (Spherion)
  • 68% of the human resource professionals say last year they experienced recruiting difficulty and skill shortages for certain types of jobs (SHRM)
  • 36% of businesses see engagement as a top challenge (Globoforce)
  • 88% of businesses plan to improve employee engagement in 2017 (Virgin Pulse)
  • 95% of human resource leaders admit employee burnout is sabotaging workforce retention (Kronos)

  • 87% of human resource leaders say improved retention is a high / critical priority (Kronos)

  • 24% of CHROs say engaging and retaining employees is their biggest struggle (Korn Ferry)

  • 34% of companies focus on developing and retaining current employees (American Management Association
  • 86% of C-suite leaders and 76% of senior management say corporate America is headed in the right direction, compared to 54% of staff-level employees (Addison Group)
  • 46% of human resource leaders say employee burnout is responsible for up to half of their annual workforce turnover (Kronos)

  • 16% of HR leaders say a lack of budget is the primary obstacle to improving employee retention in the next 12 months (Kronos)

  • 15% of HR leaders say a lack of funding is the biggest challenge to improving employee engagement (Kronos)

  • Companies with more than 1,000 employees are 25% more likely to use software to measure employee engagement (Pomello)
  • 14% of HR leaders say lack of executive support is an additional obstacle to improving retention in 2017; 13% cite a lack of organizational vision (Kronos)

  • 62% of employers said that they would extend a counter offer in order to keep their best employees (Execu-Search)

  • 55% of employees said that they would reject a counter offer from their current employer (Execu-Search)
  • 60% of employers believe employees often hear about new job openings within the company, only about 30% of employees say they actually do (ADP)
  • 83% of employees with opportunities to take on new challenges say they’re more likely to stay with the organization (ReportLinker)
  • 75% of small business employees are very or extremely happy working for a small employer (Aflac)
  • 59% of small business employees say that what they respect most about their employer is that they provide a pleasant work environment (Aflac)
  • 89% of employees age 71 and older say they are very or extremely happy working for a small employer, compared with 70% of workers ages 18 to 36 (Aflac)
  • Top five reasons employees say they like working for small businesses: flexible scheduling (27%), seeing the fruits of their labor (23%), feeling their input matters (17%), being rewarded for hard work (14%) and getting noticed by people who matter (9%) (Aflac)
  • 86% of small business employees say they know how their job fits into their employer’s long-term plans (Aflac)
  • 78% of employees who say their company encourages creativity and innovation are committed to their employer (ReportLinker)
  • 51% of employers say that using benefits to retain employees will become even more important in the next 3 to 5 years (MetLife)
  • 26% of small-business employees would jump ship to a larger company if it meant better benefits offerings (Aflac)
  • 75% of employees reported they’re more likely to stay with their employer because of their benefit program (Willis Towers Watson)
  • 42% of employed cancer patients and survivors feel they need to stay at their current workplace because they need health insurance (Cancer and Careers)
  • 72% of employees say that having the ability to customize their benefits would increase their loyalty to their current employer (MetLife)
  • 59% of employees say that health and wellness benefits are important for increasing loyalty to their employer and 53% say the same about financial planning programs (MetLife)
  • 86% of employees said they’d stay with a company for at least five years if their employer helped pay down their student loans (American Student Assistance)
  • State with the highest employee engagement: Alabama (37% of workforce); West Virginia is the lowest (21% of workforce actively disengaged) (Gallup)
  • 71% of full-time state and local government workers are unhappy or disengaged with their jobs (Gallup)
  • 24% of US businesses employing hourly workers say employee retention is their top problem (Deputy)
  • 60% of CFOs report that their workers are more engaged on the job compared to three years ago; 52% of CFOs believe this number is insufficient (Robert Half)
  • Highly engaged business units result in 21% greater profitability (Gallup)
  • Highly engaged business units realize a 41% reduction in absenteeism and a 17% increase in productivity (Gallup)
  • Highly engaged business units achieve a 10% increase in customer ratings and a 20% increase in sales (Gallup)
  • Teams that address engagement needs in their everyday work outperform bottom teams by an average 20% in sales and 10% in customer engagement (Gallup)
  • 98% of HR professionals and 92% of employees surveyed said empathetic employers drive retention (Businessolver)
  • 92% of employees say showing empathy is an important way to advance employee retention (Businessolver)
  • 49% of employees would describe their organization as empathetic (Businessolver)
  • 80% of employees would work more hours and 60% would take a pay cut to work for a more empathetic employer (Businessolver)
  • 66% of employees agree employers should express empathy through benefit packages, rather than corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs (Businessolver)
  • 53% of HR professionals say employee engagement rises when onboarding is improved (SilkRoad)
  • 28% of new hires are willing to quit their new jobs if they don’t find it satisfactory in the first 90 days (Robert Half)
  • 98% of executives say onboarding programs are a key factor in retention efforts (Korn Ferry)
  • 33% of employers who have raised educational requirements have seen a positive effect on employee retention (CareerBuilder)
  • 80% of HR leaders think their organizations will be affected by scarcity of talent this year (Randstad)
  • 45% of employees would feel more engaged with their job if their employer helped them better understand the impact of taxes and deductions (Kronos)
  • 80% of employees felt more engaged when their work was consistent with the core values and mission of their organisation (IBM)
  • 41% of employees strongly agree that they know what their company stands for and "what makes it different from competitors." (Gallup)
  • A 10% improvement in employees' connection with the mission or purpose of their organization would result in a 12.7% reduction in safety incidents, an 8.1% decrease in turnover, and a 4.4% increase in profitability (Gallup)
  • 30% of employees who work from home are engaged (Gallup)
  • 54% of millennials would quit their job and start a business in the next six months if they had the tools and resources needed, compared to 41% of all adults (America's Small Business Development Centers)
  • The average tenure for CMOs at major consumer brands is 42 months (Spencer Stuart)
  • 63% of survey respondents say a pet-friendly office would make them more keen on a new job (Purina)
  • 91% of employees say implementing pet-friendly policies would increase company loyalty (Banfield)

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2017 Workplace Satisfaction Statistics

  • 89% of employees say they are satisfied overall with their jobs (SHRM)
  • 67% of millennials say they are “somewhat happy” at work (Teem)
  • 48% of employees report being “somewhat happy” or “unhappy” at work (Teem)80% of businesses plan to improve their corporate culture in 2017 (Virgin Pulse)
  • 73% of employers believe a great corporate culture gives their organizations a competitive edge (CultureIQ)
  • 52% of HR pros cite management buy-in as the biggest barrier to strengthening culture (CultureIQ)
  • 22% of senior decision-makers don’t think that regular recognition and thanking employees at work has a big influence on staff retention; 70% of employees say that motivation and morale would improve “massively” with managers saying thank you more (Reward Gateway)
  • 50% of employers see their employee recognition programs as an investment in their workforce (WorldAtWork)
  • 89% of companies have recognition programs (WorldAtWork)
  • The common reasons cited for not having a recognition program are senior management's lack of support (28%) and the cost (26%) (WorldAtWork)
  • 21% of employees strongly agree that their performance is managed in a way that motivates them to do outstanding work (Gallup)
  • 60% of organizations had a values-based recognition program in 2016 (Globoforce)
  • 60% of workers would like to see their colleagues’ good work praised more frequently by managers and leaders (Reward Gateway)
  • 84% of employees say praise should be given on a continual, year-round basis (Reward Gateway)
  • 53% of employees report feeling appreciated at work (AttaCoin)
  • 88% of employees agree it’s important that employers reward employees for great work (AttaCoin)
  • 41% of employees say their employer effectively rewards employees for great work (AttaCoin)
  • 90% of employees who work in places with effective rewards programs agreed with the statement “My work makes a difference” (AttaCoin)
  • 52% of employees agree that they “would rather be recognized privately by my manager than publicly in front of my team” (AttaCoin)
  • 61% of Millennials say they would switch to a company with no performance reviews (Adobe)
  • 59% of employees said that access to projects to help keep their skills up-to-date would keep them satisfied at their current company (Execu-Search)
  • 81% of employees are happier at work when they agree that their jobs effectively make use of their skills/abilities (IBM)
  • 76% of millennials think professional development opportunities are one of the most important elements of company culture (Execu-Search)
  • One-third of U.S. employees give their companies high marks on career performance, learning management, and succession planning (ADP)
  • 57% of workers ranked opportunities to learn and grow as one of the most important aspects of workplace culture (Udemy)
  • 25% of women talk with their managers about developing leadership skills (Right Management)
  • Among women who feel supported by male leadership, 54% reported better raises, promotions and assignments (Working Mother)
  • 42% of employees feel that executive leadership does not contribute to a positive company culture (Execu-Search)
  • 56% of employers say they are unable to actively manage culture because they lack leadership support; 45% say they don’t have enough time or resources (CultureIQ)
  • 52% of organizations believe that leadership buy-in is the biggest obstacle to strengthening a company’s culture, 83% identified executive leadership as the driver of company culture (CultureIQ)
  • The most popular methods to actively manage company culture and drive employee engagement: drafting employee engagement surveys (55%), creating culture committees and events (29%) and offering employee resource groups (20%) (CultureIQ)
  • 65% of employees say respectful treatment of all employees at all levels is a very important contributor to their job satisfaction (SHRM)
  • 61% of employees say trust between them and their senior management is very important to job satisfaction; only 33% are very satisfied with the level of trust in their organizations (SHRM)
  • 83% of employees experienced a more positive work environment when they felt there was trust in their managers/organisation (IBM)
  • 45% of U.S. employees said their senior leaders create trust and confidence (Willis Towers Watson)
  • 81% of employees say their managers treat them respectfully, 75% said managers give them assignments suited to their strengths and skills, and 60% said their managers are clear about explaining assignments and goals (Willis Towers Watson)
  • 56% of workers said managers make fair decisions, and 50% think managers have sufficient time for handling the people-oriented aspects of their jobs (Willis Towers Watson)
  • 15% of employees strongly agree that the leadership of their organization makes them enthusiastic about the future (Gallup)
  • Unfair compensation (41%), unreasonable workload (32%), and too much overtime / after-hours work (32%) are the top three contributors to employee burnout (Kronos)
  • 60% of workers say work-related pressure has increased in the last five years (Accountemps)
  • 64% of Millennials say they’re overwhelmed at work compared with 59% of professionals age 35 to 54 and 35% of workers ages 55+ (Accountemps)
  • Top workplace stressors: deadlines (30%), physical risk (17%), competitiveness (10%) (CareerCast)
  • 54% of employees are reporting high stress levels (Aon Hewitt)
  • 8% of employees say it is "very" or "fairly" likely they will be laid off this year, down from 15% in 2016 (Gallup)
  • Between economic mobility or financial stability, an overwhelming 92% of workers say they want stability (Pew Charitable Trusts)
  • 61% of millennials say there is more job security in owning their own business than in working for someone else; 64% of boomers think there is greater job security in working for someone else than in owning their own business (America's Small Business Development Centers)
  • 60% of U.S. workers feel stressed all or most of the time at work (Udemy)
  • 64% of Millennials and Gen Z employees feel stressed all or most of the time at work (Udemy)
  • 52% of full-time employees in the U.S. feel more stressed today than they did a year ago (Udemy)
  • 55% of workers undergoing current or recent change experience chronic stress compared with 22% of workers undergoing no change (APA)
  • 48% of workers say that investing more in professional development is one of the highest-impact strategies to fight stress that their company can do (Udemy)
  • 58% of workers have turned to company-sponsored skills training to deal with stress at work, 42% invest their own money in professional development (Udemy)
  • 37% of employees say their stress levels are higher than the previous year (Aon Hewitt)
  • 80% of employees’ say their greatest source of stress is not spending as much time at home (Paychex)
  • 82% of employees said their jobs fall on the more stressful end (CareerCast)
  • 92% of employers say their workforce is stressed (IFEBP)
  • Top sources of workplace stress: Heavy workload/looming deadlines (33%), Unrealistic expectations of managers (22%), Attaining work-life balance (22%), Coworker conflicts (15%) (Accountemps)
  • 47% of employees report that stress causes them performance issues at work (ARAG)
  • 21% of workers report checking email outside of normal working hours and reviewing and responding to it the same way they would during normal working hours (Gallup)
  • 11% of workers say the amount of emails they have to respond to during personal time is unreasonable (Gallup)
  • 35% of workers feel burned out (Kimble Applications)
  • 33% of employees say they must work long hours to get work done and stay ahead of their workload (Kimble Applications)
  • 54% of high performing employees say their workspaces are too distracting (Hacker Noon)
  • 51% of employees say the open-office mode has not brought significant improvement in the quality of their work (Teem)
  • 36% of job seekers say brand or reputation of a company is the most important consideration in a potential new job (Gallup)
  • 51% of job seekers rate greater stability and job security as "very important" in a new role (Gallup)
  • 61% of young employees have considered getting a second job to help pay off their student loans (American Student Assistance)
  • 67% of Millennials said their financial stress hinders their focus and productivity at work, compared to 32% of Baby Boomers (Bank of America)
  • 37% of full-time employees think about or deal with financial issues when they’re supposed to be working (Humana)
  • 70% of human resource professionals believe personal financial challenges had a “large or some impact” on employee performance (Humana)
  • 62% of employees are concerned that the Trump administration will negatively affect their work-life balance (Paychex)
  • 68% of employees say they are neither more nor less worried since the 2016 election, 18% are less worried, 12% are more worried about how they are treated in their workplace because of their race, ethnicity, gender, immigration status, sexual orientation or other personal characteristics (Gallup)
  • 26% of employees say they feel stress or tension due to the political discourse happening at the office, up from 17% that said the same last September (American Psychological Association)
  • 40% of workers say that they’ve had a negative outcome at work as a result of political talk at work (American Psychological Association)
  • 53% of employees say a role that allows them to have greater work-life balance and better personal well-being is "very important" to them (Gallup)
  • 35% of workers are extremely or very satisfied with their ability to maintain work/life balance (Spherion)
  • 74% of employees 30 years old or older say lack of sleep affects their performance (Humana)
  • 81% of millennials expect companies to publicly pledge to be good corporate citizens (Horizon Media)
  • 20% of Millennial women and 25% of Baby Boomer women “strongly agree” that women are less likely to be considered for senior-level roles in a business/corporate setting than their male counterparts (Nielsen)
  • 49% of employees say their company understands their unique interests and skills (Mercer)
  • 40% of millennials see automation as a threat to their jobs (Deloitte)
  • 53% of Millennials see their workplace becoming less human as a result of automation (Deloitte)
  • 26% of working Americans would consider a company's environmental record a major factor when considering taking a job with that company (Gallup)
  • 49% of American workers will start a new job search after experiencing only two problems with their paycheck (Kronos)
  • Men (29%) are more likely than women (17%) to leave their employer after just one payroll error (Kronos)
  • 30% of working parents will start a new job search after the first payroll error compared with 16% of non-parents (Kronos)
  • 80% of employees in pet-friendly workplaces say having pets nearby while they work makes them feel “happy, relaxed and sociable” (Purina)
  • 63% of people working in pet-friendly offices as “very satisfied” with their work environment (Purina)

2017 Employee Benefits Statistics

Topics: Employee Engagement + Loyalty, Benefits Trends

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Brandon is a writer and marketer for Access Development. He's a frequent blogger on customer and employee engagement & loyalty, consumer trends, and branding.
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