Employee engagement takes a hit after months of crisis

The metric, seen as a good indicator of morale, productivity and  whether your workers are looking for new jobs, had taken a historic rise. What’s behind the drop?

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Employee engagement was at a historic high in May.

According to data from Gallup, the percentage of “engaged” workers in the U.S. reached 38%. However, following months of the COVID-19 pandemic and fallout in the wake of the death of George Floyd and subsequent protests, the numbers are back down to 31%.

(image courtesy of Gallup.)

 However, the drop does not correspond to the percentage of employees who are “actively disengaged.” The newly unengaged workers don’t see themselves as having “miserable work experiences,” spreading their unhappiness to their colleagues. Those numbers are (relatively) static.

So, what is driving the change? Perhaps we can learn more by understanding who it is that is newly “unengaged.”

Gallup writes:

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