Just 35% of UK employees 'feel valued:' Weber

LONDON: Research into employee engagement by Weber Shandwick has found that more than one-third of full-time employees (39%) in the UK would change jobs tomorrow if they could.

LONDON: Research into employee engagement by Weber Shandwick has found that more than one-third of full-time employees (39%) in the UK would change jobs tomorrow if they could.

The report, entitled The Science of Engagement, also found that only 35% felt valued by their employers.

Additionally, fewer than half (46%) of the 1,152 adults surveyed were very satisfied in their jobs, and just 50% would recommend their employer as a place to work.

The report stated that the results were “a startling wake-up call for UK employers who are looking to grow a profitable business and retain top talent at a time of economic uncertainty.”

“The impact of a disengaged workforce can have worrying consequences for organizations,” the report stated.

There was little variance in engagement across sectors, with technology and healthcare employees the most engaged, but only just ahead of those working in financial services, who were the least engaged.

Adam Mack, chief strategy officer for Weber EMEA, said that “by delving into the minds of employees to understand what really drives them to be more engaged, we've found that people need to feel valued if they are to even start engaging with the brand they work for.”

The report concluded that there are six critical factors to employee engagement:

  1. Associations: Employers need to create positive memories among employees and to generate pride.
  2. Desire: Employers that offer highly desirable places to work, or desirable products and services, can tap into this set of emotions.
  3. Enhancement: Employers that educate their employees, inspire them, and prompt them to think differently are employers with high engagement.
  4. Integrity: Integrity is about honesty and commitment. Employees who believe their employers keep their promises are among the most engaged.
  5. Meaning: Employers that make a meaningful contribution to society or give their employees a personal sense of purpose are employers that trigger the “meaning” driver.
  6. Respect: Employers that employees feel are widely respected are more likely to have an engaged workforce.

The Science of Engagement is the employee-engagement version of a previous agency study, which sought to explore the science behind effective engagement.

The research sampled 1,152 of the adult population (18- to 65-year-olds) who work at least 30 hours a week for companies with at least 500 employees.

This story originally appeared on the website of PRWeek UK

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