Certain strategies, though, can help reduce engagement risks

ahmad-gunnaivi-OupUvbC_TEY-unsplash-1Companies are increasingly investing in creating a positive work environment,  which is having an encouraging effect; however, employers still face employee burnout and other issues, according to a new study involving more than 20,000 workers and leaders from around the world.

Employers’ attempts to help employees find meaning and purpose at work and obtain opportunity and success — three of the core workplace culture elements a previous survey found significantly influence an employee’s decision to engage and remain with an employer — all showed improvement in the past year. In general, employees’ engagement score rose six percent to 72 percent.

However, even with considerable workplace culture improvements, the research indicates employee burnout and retention remain a concern. More than half — 59 percent — of workers said they’d accept a job at a different company that involved a similar role, pay and benefits if they were offered one today, a 4 percent increase from last year.

Seventy-nine percent of employees are experiencing some level of feeling burned out at work.

The research found, though, that encouraging peer-to-peer conversation is one of the ways to reduce burnout. Regular peer conversations can potentially lower the odds of employees experiencing moderate-to-severe workplace burnout by 67 percent.

In addition, having a multi-method listening strategy in place to obtain feedback from employees can decrease employee burnout incidence by 28 percent. Companies with a strong strategy that encompasses multiple listening methods, positioning them to hear, respond to and act on feedback, can decrease the odds of employees experiencing moderate-to-severe burnout by 54 percent.

For more on the survey, which was conducted by O.C. Tanner, view this information about the findings.

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