Employee layoffs have reached depressingly low levels and leaders must take action

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Fewer than two in ten European workers feel engaged at work, according to workplace data from management consulting and consulting firm Gallup – lower than anywhere else in the world.

Gallup’s 2022 Status of the Global Workplace Report found that engagement among European employees is only 14%, compared to 33% in North America and 21% globally.

It also found that stress among professionals worldwide has “reached an all-time high” — even higher than in 2020 — with Gallup noting that “the world is closer to colonizing Mars than it is to repairing the world’s broken workplaces.”

Gallup identified unfair treatment at work as the leading cause of employee withdrawal, followed by unmanageable workload, unclear communication from managers, lack of managerial support and unreasonable time constraints.

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The root of this pullback lies with leaders, who need to focus on “making work more rewarding and meaningful for their people” by prioritizing employee wellbeing and engagement, Gallup said.

The impact of a manager in their workplace is so strong that Gallup predicted 70% of team management metrics simply by interviewing their boss, which was a clear incentive for companies to evaluate their management, culture and leadership style.

“Managers need to be better listeners, coaches, and employees. Great managers help colleagues learn and grow, recognize their colleagues for their great work, and make them feel truly valued. In environments like these, employees thrive,” said Gallup .

A survey of more than 36,200 IT professionals by Yerbo platform Yerbo in March 2022 found that: two in five employees are at high risk of burnout.

While stress and anxiety are often part of any job, they are much more common in the professional lives of unengaged employees. Gallup found that 59% and 56% of disengaged employees report experiencing regular stress and worry at work.

At the same time, 31% say they often experience anger at work and 33% say they feel physical pain. These figures were 46% to 83% higher for unengaged employees compared to engaged employees.

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Unengaged employees also report that stress, worry, anger, and pain often affect their personal lives. A Gallup survey in Germany found that 51% of actively disengaged employees reported that work stress caused them to behave badly towards loved ones.

The impact of disengagement in the workplace does not stop with employees. Companies with engaged employees report 23% higher profits compared to companies with unengaged employees. Engaged employees are less likely to be absent from work, leave their job or have an accident at work. And it’s telling that engaged employees also experience higher customer loyalty.

Interestingly, engagement does not necessarily correlate with employee satisfaction. While employee engagement is low in Europe, the region has the second lowest percentage of employees who say they are likely to move in the next 12 months (14%), as well as the second lowest regional percentage of employees who say corruption is rife in the companies of their country (60%).

Europeans also feel more respected than workers in other regions, the survey found.

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