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Employee Engagement Statistics in 2024

Employee engagement plays a key role in businesses having a productive workforce.

At its core employee engagement can be described as the relationship between work, an organisation and its employees.

Why employee engagement matters ?


Employee engagement strengthens and empowers your team, resulting in


  • Enhanced self-awareness

  • Improved team cohesion

  • Effective communication

  • Goal setting and action planning

  • Strengthened collaboration

  • Better performance and delivery of business results


Are employees committed to their organisations? Discover the latest employee engagement statistics in 2024.


  • Organisations offering flexible working options saw 55% of their workforce as high performers, compared to 36% in traditional non-flexible 40-hour work weeks (Happeo)

  • 87% of employees expect their employer to support them in balancing work and personal life (Happeo)

  • 79% of employees who quit their jobs cite a lack of appreciation as a key reason for leaving (Happeo)

  • 63.3% of companies say retaining employees is harder than hiring them (Happeo)

  • Companies that allow remote work have a 25% lower employee turnover rate (Happeo)

  • Currently only 45% of employees clearly know what is expected of them at work. Unclear expectations often contribute towards poorer employee engagement (Gallup)

  • One study found that receiving feedback on a weekly basis improved employee engagement by as much as 43% (Smallbiztrends)

  • 87% of employees are less likely to leave a job if they are engaged (Smallbiztrends)

  • 80% of millennials think it’s okay to quit a job if it’s not what they expected (Smallbiztrends)

  • Work flexibility was cited as the top reason for job hunting in 2023, equally important as career progression, with 28% of respondents saying that work flexibility was the main motivation for staying in their job (Achievers)

  • 73% of employees would consider leaving their jobs for the right offer, even if they weren’t actively looking (Haiilo)

  • 37% of employees consider recognition the most important factor for their success at work (Haiilo)

  • Employees who believe their company to be transparent have 8.8x greater job satisfaction (Future Forum)

  • Organisations that support their managers in engagement action planning, can increase employee engagement by as much as 51% (Gartner)


Actionable strategies to increase employee engagement


Communication is key


  • Organisations that have high levels of employee engagement have open and transparent communication – formal and informal – between management and employees. Open and transparent communication about company goals, progress and changes makes employees feel well-informed, recognised and heard. It also nurtures trust, and when employees trust their organisation they’ll go above and beyond with their efforts.


Offer Growth Opportunities


  • If you want an engaged workforce, providing opportunities for growth and development is a must. Work must be challenging to keep employees engaged, inspiring them to learn and achieve higher results.


Reward and recognise


  • When employees feel recognised and are rewarded for their dedication and hard work, they feel appreciated and that their company cares about them. That in turn creates engaged employees. When used appropriately, praise allows staff to know exactly what they’re doing right – so they can keep doing it – and that management has noticed and appreciates all their efforts.


Give employees autonomy


  • Seventy-nine percent of highly autonomous employees report high levels of engagement, according to Effectory. Autonomy also gives employees a sense of trust. They can make decisions and solve problems on their own, and their management are there to provide support when needed.

In a world where employee engagement is more crucial than ever, the latest statistics reveal a pressing need for teams to strengthen their bonds, enhance communication, and drive performance.


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