U.S. is Still Falling Behind
Despite all the attention focused on the value of workforce recognition and employee engagement, Gallup finds that only 30% of the U.S. workforce is actively engaged in their work. The ratio of engaged to actively disengaged employees is roughly 2-to-1, meaning that the vast majority of U.S. workers (70%) are not reaching their full potential. Gallup estimates that active disengagement costs the U.S. $450 billion to $550 billion per year. Gallup also identified frequent recognition—weekly, in fact—as one of the key critical drivers of employee engagement. So why are so many companies falling so behind in creating a rich program of workforce recognition?