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Element 11 Progress

Explore Gallup's research.

35% of U.S. Managers Are Engaged in Their Jobs

U.S. employees with female bosses are more engaged than employees with male bosses. Female managers are also more engaged at work.

Personalized feedback and recognition aren't just "frills" that make workers feel good about themselves -- they're crucial predictors of positive performance. Yet a global study of employee engagement shows that they're among the lowest rated workplace elements worldwide.

Companies can reduce costly churn if managers know what to look for. But they usually don't -- and that's because too many managers think money is at the root of the turnover issue. This article uncovers the real sources of the problem and reveals the reasons most people quit. Find out how to keep good employees from walking out the door.

This element is measured by the statement “In the last six months, someone at work has talked to me about my progress.” Some people think a performance review will suffice. But it’s not nearly enough, write the authors of 12: The Elements of Great Managing.

Many managers dread having to give performance reviews, and many employees equally dread receiving them. A manager in Belgium, one of the highest rated supervisors in Gallup's global database, has solved this problem by not making such a big deal about the reviews. Rather, he gives his workers insightful and personal feedback throughout the year. This approach has proven very effective for his team and has earned the veteran manager accolades. Would his approach work for you?

Some managers inspire excellence. Some inspire loyalty. But a very few, such as Diane Marinacci at the federal General Services Administration, inspire people to the highest quality of work, the sincerest forms of loyalty, and passionate engagement. Find out what makes Marinacci so special, and successful.

A survey of German employees last summer revealed that a staggering 69% are profoundly disconnected from their work -- a surprise, since German workers are highly skilled and generously compensated, and they produce some of the best products in the world. What accounts for the low German engagement? And what can be done to improve it?

We have all faced the infamous job performance review. Typically, the first two minutes are focused on what the manager likes about us and our work, and the remaining 58 minutes are spent on our "areas of opportunity" (the areas in which we're weak and should improve).