Joel Muckett 2 Feb 2018 01:26pm

Three quarters of UK workers "not engaged"

Less than a tenth of British employees (8%) were engaged with their work in 2016, compared to 17% in 2012

Productivity in the UK also hit a five-year in 2016, with employees showing significantly less engagement than those in the US and other parts of Europe, according to research published by the Economic Research Council (ERC) and conducted by the OECD and market researcher Gallup.

Gallup defined an “engaged employee” as being active and innovative in their role, and present and positive around customers.

Almost three quarters of workers (73%) identified as “not engaged” or demonstrated little enthusiasm for their work.

Nearly two in five (19%) said they were “actively disengaged” with their work – a group labelled as “resentful” and “acting out their unhappiness on the job”.

The research found that employee engagement in Europe was significantly lower than that in the United States (33%), with Denmark and Norway demonstrating strongest levels of European engagement (both 17%). “And yet”, the research said, “six western and northern European countries exceed the UK’s engagement levels”.

However in January this year, estimates from the Office for National Statistics showed that UK labour productivity grew by 0.9% in the third quarter of 2017 following strong performances from both manufacturing and services.