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The race to acquire, engage and retain employees is as intense as ever

Unemployment is low. Competition is high. Turnover is expensive.

What makes employees stay? Or leave?

What makes them happy and engaged? Or angry and frustrated?

You can guess. Or you can arm yourself with some data.

For data, you've come to the right place. We're compiling every relevant piece of data regarding what inspires loyalty and causes churn, as well as what makes them satisfied or upset with their employer.

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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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2018 Employee Engagement/Retention Statistics

  • 15% of employees worldwide are engaged in their jobs (Gallup)

  • 29% of professionals plan to look for a new position in the next 12 months (Accountemps)

  • 24% of Gen Xers say the desire for financial stability motivates them to stay in a job (Purchasing Power)
  • 33% of professionals selected “I’m bored, need new challenge” as their motivation for moving on to another job (Korn Ferry)

  • 56% of Americans said their health plan is the reason they’ve stayed at their current job (America’s Health Insurance)

  • 45% of hiring decision makers note that salary is the top reason for employees changing jobs (Glassdoor)

  • 48% of hiring decision makers note salary and compensation is the most influential factor for a candidate decision on where to work (Glassdoor)

  • 53% of employees said they don’t expect to stay at their companies beyond five years (Nintex)

  • 19% of professionals cited more money as their reason for job hunting (Korn Ferry)

  • Of the 27 markets surveyed, Los Angeles, CA (40%); Austin, TX (38%); and Dallas, TX (37%) topped the list of U.S. cities with the most workers planning to find new opportunities (Accountemps)

  • If offered financial programs at work, 89% of Gen Xers would participate in them (Purchasing Power)
  • 35% of hiring decision makers expect more employees to quit over the next 12 months (Glassdoor)

  • 91% of employees stick around for at least a year at a new company, and 69% of them stick around for at least 3 years if the company has a well-structured onboarding program (TLMM)

  • 60-70% of employee turnover is voluntary (ADP)

  • Employers say there’s a 40% turnover rate among workers (CareerBuilder)

  • 47% of HR leaders cited employee turnover and retention as their top challenge (Globoforce)

  • 37% of hiring decision makers say retention rates would increase significantly if new hires were better informed during the hiring process (Glassdoor)

  • 31% of retail employees said that training makes them feel extremely engaged (Axonify)

  • 63% of employees believe managers are most responsible for sharing engagement-based results to teams (Quantum Workplace)

  • 60% of employees said managers are most responsible for implementing employee engagement strategies (Quantum Workplace)

  • Employees with all three of these elements – good fit, high engagement, 10+ years at an organization – perform 18% higher than the average employee and 35% higher than a worker who lacks all three elements (Gallup)

  • 5% of employees have the right fit, high engagement and 10+ years at the same organization (Gallup)

  • 6% of workers have left a job because a romantic relationship with someone at work went sour (9% of women vs. 3% of men) (CareerBuilder)

  • Women who strongly agree they have a best friend at work are more than twice as likely to be engaged (63%) compared with the women who say otherwise (29%) (Gallup)

  • Two out of ten U.S. employees strongly agree they have a best friend at work. By moving this ratio to six in ten, organizations could realize 36% fewer safety incidents, 7% more engaged customers and 12% higher profit (Gallup)

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2018 Workplace Satisfaction Statistics

  • 60% of employees report being stressed all or most of the time at work (Udemy)
  • 45% of professionals feel their company does not promote a healthy work/life balance (Execu│Search)

  • 19% of U.S. workers are satisfied with their current salaries (Indeed)

  • 60% of U.S. workers said it would take an extra $6,000 per year to feel comfortable/satisfied with their job (Indeed)

  • More than 21% of men were dissatisfied with their earnings, compared with 16% of women (Indeed)

  • 71% of Americans are satisfied with their current employer-sponsored health plan (America’s Health Insurance)

  • 54% of professionals’ career choices are motivated by seeking a healthy work/life balance (Execu│Search)

  • 92% of employers say skill shortages is negatively affecting productivity, employee satisfaction and turnover (Hays)

  • 46% of employees do not think their leadership skills are being developed (Execu│Search)

  • 32% of retail employees said they don’t receive any formal training (Axonify)

  • 43% of employees worry that artificial intelligence and new technology will replace them (Udemy)
  • 34% of employees are concerned that artificial intelligence could someday totally replace them (The Workforce Institute)

  • Two-thirds of employees said they’d feel more at ease if employers were more transparent about the future (The Workforce Institute)

  • Away from work, 50% of employees say the top stress is the current political climate (Udemy)
  • Workplace stress accounts for as much as $190 billion in healthcare costs (Udemy)
  • 86% of HR Leaders say an employee recognition program benefits employee relationships (Globoforce)

  • 85% of HR Leaders say an employee recognition program has a positive effect on organizational culture (Globoforce)

  • 84% of HR Leaders say an employee recognition program helps employee engagement (Globoforce)

  • 83% of HR Leaders say an employee recognition program benefits organizational values (Globoforce)

  • 41% of employees feel personally aligned with their company’s mission and  49% with their values, yet 94% of employees and 98% of employers say those connections are critical (Reward Gateway)

  • 89% of HR Leaders surveyed agree ongoing peer feedback and check-ins have a positive impact on their organizations (Globoforce)

  • 89% of HR executives feel that recognition programs are improving the employee experience (Globoforce)

  • 39% of females say their company treats people fairly, compared to 47% of men (Lean In)

  • 63% of men think their companies are doing a pretty good job supporting diversity, but 23% of women say there is more room for improvement (Lean In)

  • 64% of workers are nearly twice as likely to agree their company is a good place to work when they are satisfied with how life events, such as getting married, buying a house or having a child, are celebrated in the office, compared with 35% who are dissatisfied with how those events are celebrated (Globoforce)

  • 11% of workers said they experienced harassment in the last year, and among those, 75% didn’t report it to their managers (Society for Human Resource Management)

  • 23% of employees admitted to experiencing harassment based on looks, body type or attire, and 22% cited coercion to take on extra hours (Radius)

  • 60% of employees cited co-workers as the most common perpetrators of bad behavior, and just 39% pointed the finger at managers (Radius)

  • 23% of employees said they’d been bullied by an executive, and 20% reported suffering incivility from a subordinate (Radius)

Topics: Employee Engagement + Loyalty, Benefits Trends

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