EXCLUSIVE: 66% measure employee engagement through annual surveys

EXCLUSIVE: Two-thirds (66%) of employer respondents use the annual employee survey to measure engagement levels among staff, according to research by Employee Benefits and Staffcare.

The Employee Benefits/Staffcare Benefits research 2017, which surveyed 271 employer respondents in February-March 2017, also found that 23% of respondents measure employee engagement through pulse-style research.

The proportion of respondents that do not measure employee engagement levels has remained relatively static year on year. Some 16% of this year’s respondents said this is the case, compared to 18% in 2016.

Respondents’ main barriers to improving engagement in their organisations also remain consistent year on year. Perhaps unsurprisingly budget remains the top impediment in 2017, cited by more than half (53%) of respondents, followed by time or resource (43%). This compares to 47% and 44%, respectively, in 2016.

Engagement levels continue to vary greatly across respondents’ organisations. More than half (54%) believe that staff are moderately engaged with benefits within their organisation, while just under a fifth (18%) say that staff are very engaged with benefits. However, the research also shows that nearly a quarter (23%) of staff are only partially engaged with their organisation’s benefits, and 3% believe their staff are not engaged at all.