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Employee engagement levels rising, according to new report

Matt McAllister

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Career opportunities, an organisation’s reputation and pay were the top engagement drivers in 2012, according to a new report by Aon Hewitt.

The annual Global Employee Engagement study by the management consulting company showed that both employee engagement and employees' perceptions of their work has slightly improved despite the difficult economic circumstances.

However, the report also suggested that leaders need to do more to improve employee engagement.

The study involved speaking to 2,500 organisations, representing 3.8 million employees. It found that employee engagement levels rose to 60% in 2012, up from 58% in 2011 and 56% in 2010.

For the fifth year in a row, career opportunities was cited as the top driver for positive engagement levels in all regions except Latin America, but only 47% said that they had good opportunities for advancement.

A company’s reputation was the second most important driver, though only 52% of employees said they were aware of what their organisation “wants to be famous for” in the market. The report also showed that pay as an engagement driver has risen over the last two years.

Commenting on the report, Dr. Ken Oehler, Aon Hewitt's Global Engagement practice leader said: "Engaging the right employees in the right behaviors is the critical ingredient in successfully managing through diverse economic conditions. Our research shows organisations that had higher levels of engagement relative to their peers during the economic recession also had higher growth in the years since, and we expect those firms that actively manage employee engagement today will have a better shot at growth opportunities in the future.”

To read the full report visit: http://www.aon.com/human-capital-consulting/thought-leadership/talent_mgmt/article_engaging_talent.jsp

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