Record low degree of employee engagement in Western Europe

Source: Gallup "State of the Global Workplace 2017"
Source: Gallup "State of the Global Workplace 2017"

Two recent studies have drawn our attention - their results we briefly want to share with you. Part 2.


Gallup’s ‘State of the Global Workplace’ (2017) shows how worrying things are in Western European companies. The data come from 155 countries. 


Let’s first look at the global data and then zoom into Western Europe.


Globally, only 15% of one’s colleagues are engaged. To be clear, engaged to Gallup means those colleagues who ‘are highly involved in and enthusiastic about their work and workplace. They are psychological “owners”. They drive performance and innovation and move the organization forward’.


But 67% are not engaged at work. They are ‘psychologically unattached to their work and their company. Because their engagement needs are not being fully met, they’re putting time – but not energy or passion – into their work.’


The remaining 18% are actively disengaged. These are the ones who sabotage the workplace because they ‘aren’t just unhappy at work – they are resentful that their needs aren’t being met and are acting out their unhappiness. Every day, these workers potentially undermine what their engaged co-workers accomplish.’


When analyzing the data, some of the most startling regional findings come from Western Europe.

Given that it is among the world’s most economically developed regions, one might expect its results to be among the most positive.


However, just 10% of Western European employees are engaged at work, while the vast majority (71%) are not engaged, and 19% are actively disengaged. Remember - the global result is : 15 % - 67% - 18%.


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