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Employee Engagement

U.S. Employee Engagement Steady in September, at 32%

by Amy Adkins

Story Highlights

  • Engagement stagnant for much of 2015
  • Monthly averages remain higher than they were from 2011-2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In the U.S., 32% of workers were engaged in their jobs in September. While engagement remains higher than it was from 2011-2013, monthly figures have not wavered since the beginning of 2015 -- consistently trending between 31% and 32%. The lone exception was in February, when the monthly employee engagement average was 32.9%.

U.S. Employee Engagement, 2011-2015

The September 2015 estimate is based on Gallup Daily tracking interviews conducted with 6,926 adults working for an employer. Engaged employees are involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work and workplace. Gallup categorizes workers as "engaged" based on their ratings of key workplace elements that predict organizational performance outcomes, such as productivity, profitability and customer engagement. Engaged employees drive the innovation, growth and revenue that their companies need.

U.S. Employee Engagement, September 2015

Bottom Line

Thus far in 2015, employee engagement among all U.S. workers has been steady. Employee engagement readings are higher than they were just a few years ago, but the nation's workforce, in aggregate, is seemingly unable to move beyond the 31% to 32% barrier. This static state is aligned with many of the nation's economic indicators -- job creation, the Gallup Good Jobs Index and consumer spending have all been flat in recent months.

Survey Results

Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted Sept. 1-30, 2015, on the Gallup Daily tracking survey, with a random sample of 6,926 U.S. adults employed full or part time for an employer, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. For results based on the total sample of employed adults, the margin of sampling error is ±1.8 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. All reported margins of sampling error include computed design effects for weighting.

Each sample of national adults includes a minimum quota of 60% cellphone respondents and 40% landline respondents, with additional minimum quotas by time zone within region. Landline and cellular telephone numbers are selected using random-digit-dial methods.

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