In a summer that has seen us host the Olympics and stage the Queen’s Jubilee, none of the opportunities, sense of fun, pride and enthusiasm of those events have translated into the workplace as employee engagement has plummeted.
In the poll of 1,000 workers, only two fifths said they were proud to work for their organisation, down from nearly a half at the start of the year.
The decrease in job satisfaction was felt most significantly among women and Londoners in the second quarter of this year, with nearly a third of women no longer feeling proud of the organisation they work for (17% in the first quarter). Whilst a quarter of the capital’s employees are losing pride in their place of work (15% in the first quarter).
More encouragingly, nine out of 10 workers think their role contributes towards the success of the organisation and over 70% think they are listened to and respected by their colleagues. Whilst over two thirds feel that their managers empower them to do their job to the best of their ability.
However, younger workers have cited a considerable drop in the amount of support they feel they receive from their managers from over 80% in the first quarter to 63.5% in the latest survey.
Zain Wadee, Managing Director at Hyphen, said:
“It is concerning to see that employees have lost pride in their organisations and this is likely to have a knock on effect for their engagement.
“At a time when businesses are cutting back on spending and the marketplace is tough, a workforce that is proud and enthused will strive to work harder and produce better results.
“However with many employees finding their roles stretched even further as organisations look to manage costs, and recent media profiles placing some organisations in the reputational spotlight it is not overly surprising that employees are struggling to feel totally attached and committed to their work.”