Employee engagement reaches three-year high

Employee engagement is at a three-year high with 39% of staff currently engaged in the workplace, according to a study from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).


The engagement figures in its Employee outlook 2015 survey, which had 2,226 employee respondents, showed a significant improvement from 2014 (38%) and 2013 (35%).

The research also found:

  • Just 3% of respondents claimed to be disengaged: a slight increase from 1% in 2014.
  • 59% of respondents considered their engagement as neutral.
  • There has been a slight increase in the number of people achieving a work-life balance with 62% of respondents either agreeing or strongly agreeing compared to 59% in autumn 2014.
  • The number of people saying they experience excessive pressure at work has declined to 38% of respondents from 40%.
  • Over two thirds of respondents were satisfied or very satisfied with their relationship with their line manager (64%), which is a very small decrease from 65% in the autumn survey.

Jessica Cooper, research adviser at the CIPD, said: “This is a defining moment for businesses. After the uncertainty of the recession, we’ve now reached a point of stability that is seeing improved engagement from employees.

“However, far too many people are still sitting in the ‘neutral’ camp. Now is the time for businesses to engage with their talent to understand how they can reinforce and evolve their organisational culture moving forward.”