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Less than half of UK employees are engaged with their work

23 July 2012

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By Manju Manglani, Editor (@ManjuManglani)

Just a third of UK employees trust their senior leaders and more than half (58 per cent) have a ‘not bothered’ attitude to their work, according to a recent survey.

The survey found that employees who display ‘neutral’ engagement are about half as likely to ‘go the extra mile’ than those who are engaged, and nearly three times more likely to be looking for a new job.

Less than quarter of respondents said they are consulted by senior managers about key issues that affect the business. Only 40 per cent of respondents said they are satisfied with the opportunities that exist to feed their views and ideas upwards to senior managers.

The survey confirmed that there is strong correlation between employee engagement and knowledge of the organisation’s core purpose.

In law firms, it is particularly important that partners are engaged with their firms' vision. “As engagement is typically highly correlated with involvement, it should also be self-evident that the partners won’t be committed to the firm’s future if they haven’t had any involvement in deciding what it should be,” said Rob Lees and August Aquila in All for one, the first in a series of Managing Partner articles on partner engagement.

“Partners are the culture in a professional services firm – what they believe, what they reward, what they do and how they do it determines what and how things get done. And, if they don’t believe in what the firm is doing, they will never be effective role models who think firm first and actively bring the whole of the firm’s services to their clients,” they added.

The survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development received responses from more than 2,000 employees across the UK. The full findings of the research are published in the CIPD’s latest quarterly Employee Outlook report.

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