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2017 Trends in Global Employee Engagement report

The changing face of the world in 2016 appears to have impacted employee engagement, offsetting the significant gains which were observed the previous year. With an increase in populist movements in areas such as the United States, the United Kingdom and parts of Continental Europe, combined with concerns about rapid technology increases which may soon make some jobs obsolete, uncertainty and anxiety is infiltrating the workforce and contributing to reduced levels of employee engagement. Such changes present new challenges for leadership and if left unaddressed, could continue to impact employee engagement across the globe.

The 2017 Trends in Global Employee Engagement Study

Aon Hewitt’s 2017 Trends in Global Employee Engagement Study measures employee engagement by analysing data from more than 1,000 organisations across the globe from more than 60 industries. Companies ranged in size from 100 employees to the most complex international organisations.

With only 63% of employees falling into the ‘Highly’ or ‘Moderately Engaged’ categories in the 2016 survey – a 2 point drop from the previous year – decreases have also been observed in each of the three engagement measures which have been indexed.

These measures include:

  • If they Say positive things about their organisation and act as advocates
  • If they intend to Stay at their organisation for a long time
  • If they are motivated to Strive to give their best efforts to help the organisation succeed.

Additionally, we have identified the greatest opportunities globally for driving engagement, with an interesting trend towards rewards and recognition becoming the number one factor (up two places from 2016).

With the Asia Pacific region experiencing a significant three-point decline in engagement in 2016, it’s imperative for leaders to acknowledge and address the impact of employee engagement factors on organisational success.

By assessing the drivers of employee engagement and identifying opportunities to further their employee’s investment in their organisation, this report provides pertinent insights and strategies for enhancing employee engagement and helping to create a culture of engagement within your organisation.

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