6 in 10 workers would consider leaving job due to low engagement: Survey

One-quarter say employers not effective at keeping workforce motivated
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 07/19/2013

More than six in 10 (61 per cent) workers say it's at least somewhat likely they would leave their current position if they felt disengaged, found a survey by OfficeTeam. That's bad news for some employers: more than one-quarter (26 per cent) of professionals said their company is not effective at keeping staff motivated, found the poll of 869 workers in Canada and the United States.

Workers were asked, "How likely is it that you would leave your current position if you did not feel engaged?" Their responses:

• very likely (24 per cent)
• somewhat likely (37 per cent)
• not very likely (22 per cent)
• not likely at all (16 per cent).

Workers were also asked, "In your opinion, how effective is your company in keeping workers motivated?" Their responses:

• very effective (32 per cent)
• somewhat effective (42 per cent)
• not very effective (18 per cent)
• not effective at all (eight per cent).

"When workers are disengaged, retention shouldn't be a company's only concern — productivity and customer service levels also suffer," said Robert Hosking, OfficeTeam executive director. "There are many factors that contribute to strong employee engagement — chief among them are the ability of staff to reach professional goals and understand how they contribute to the organization's big-picture objectives."

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