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.

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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)
  • 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)
  • 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 employees are searching for new jobs or watching for openings (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)
  • Employees earn a 5.2% pay increase on average when changing jobs (Glassdoor)
  • A 10% increase in base pay increases the odds an employee will stay at the company by 1.5 percent (Glassdoor)
  • 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)
  • 36% of businesses see engagement as a top challenge (Globoforce)
  • 88% of business plan to improve employee engagement in 2017 (Virgin Pulse)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 83% of employees with opportunities to take on new challenges say they’re more likely to stay with the organization (ReportLinker)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 30% of employees who work from home are engaged (Gallup)
  • 79% of employees with flexibility indicated that they were more happy at work (IBM)
  • The average tenure for CMOs at major consumer brands is 42 months (Spencer Stuart)

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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)
  • 60% of organizations had a values-based recognition program in 2016 (Globoforce)
  • 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)
  • 25% of women talk with their managers about developing leadership skills (Right Management)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)

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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