Workers Disengaged 26 Percent of Time, Accountemps Finds

Workers are disengaged at their jobs more than one-quarter (26 percent) of the time, on average, leaving the door open to lost productivity, low morale and turnover, according to research from staffing firm Accountemps.

Checked Out: Workers Disengaged 26 Percent of Time

  • Employees say better perks, more challenging assignments and less bureaucracy would help boost engagement
  • Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City and Charlotte have the most engaged professionals, while Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Chicago have the least engaged workers

The saying goes that a company is only as good as the people it keeps. But what if those people aren’t fully engaged in their duties? According to research from staffing firm Accountemps, workers are disengaged at their jobs more than one-quarter (26 percent) of the time, on average, leaving the door open to lost productivity, low morale and turnover.

When professionals were asked what would make them more engaged at work, the responses included*:

Better perks (free food, nap rooms, on-site gyms) 37%
More challenging work 31%
Less bureaucracy/red tape 31%
Lighter workload 22%
More team building/work outings 22%
A better boss 19%
Other 9%

The research also found that:

  • Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City and Charlotte took the top spots for most engaged workers.
  • Professionals in Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Chicago struggle most to stay inspired.
  • Respondents ages 18 to 34 said better perks (47 percent) would help their motivation most at the office, followed by more challenging work (38 percent).
  • Professionals ages 55 and older said that less red tape (35 percent) would do the trick when it comes to improving satisfaction in their day-to-day activities.
  • Employees in Chicago seek more meaningful work (44 percent).
  • Workers in Cleveland are looking for less bureaucracy at work (40 percent).
  • Perks reign supreme in Boston: 46 percent of workers want offerings such as nap rooms, free snacks or an on-site gym.

“Employers shouldn’t take a one-size-fits-all approach to improving employee engagement,” said Michael Steinitz, executive director of Accountemps. “Each worker and office environment are unique.”

Find out more at roberthalf.com/accountemps.

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