CultureNext Employee Engagement and Recognition Benchmark Study

In 2013, Gallup reported the then-shocking number that 70 percent of U.S. employees were not engaged in their work. Today, the number is higher — 87 percent. Meanwhile, the conversation around engagement has been steadily increasing:

CultureNext surveyed more than 100 organizations that employ more than 1,000 individuals and invest in employee recognition and engagement programs. The survey was an opportunity for leaders of large organizations to speak up on what they think makes their programs successful or why they aren’t finding the success they expected from their investments.

The findings of the Employee Engagement and Recognition Benchmark Study were revealing, including:

The Employee Engagement and Recognition Benchmark Study also found that well over 75 percent of respondents have both a strategy and documented plan, and that only 6 percent of respondents have neither a strategy nor documented plan to engage employees.

The study reveals that employee recognition programs are viewed as valuable tools for addressing low engagement; however, there remain many opportunities for improvement to help them become highly effective and inspiring tools of influence for employees in the future.

These leaders are working to change their organizations — to foster culture and to acknowledge employee contributions in meaningful ways. To learn more about how they are addressing engagement, download the full report.

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