Under a quarter (24%) of employer respondents reward proactive and engaged employees as part of a strategy to improve employee engagement, according to research by Totaljobs.
Its survey of 102 UK employers also found that 28% of respondents struggle to keep their employees engaged.
The research also found:
- 51% of respondents believe using clear communications, such as emails, newsletters and team meetings, is an effective strategy to improve employee engagement, and 46% think that setting clear objectives for both individuals and teams is effective in bolstering staff engagement.
- 39% of respondents feel that creating a stimulating work environment is an effective way to help engage employees at work.
- 59% of respondents think that lower employee productivity is a sign of low staff engagement.
- 62% of respondents believe poor performance is a common problem that results from low employee engagement.
Matthew Harradine (pictured), director at Totaljobs, said: “Our research suggests a real problem for employers. With the employment rate at record highs, it’s never been more important to keep staff engaged, which more often than not results in keeping them happy and retained.
“There are a number of simple solutions to achieve this, like clear communication, and building a strong and visible management team, but it also may come down to subtle changes which can foster all-important work friendships.”