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Kenexa, a leading provider of recruitment and retention solutions, revealed results of the Kenexa Research Institute's recent employee opinion study for the UK. The results indicate that the UK is behind India, the USA, Canada, Russia, Germany and Spain when it comes to country-level employee engagement index scores but it is ahead of France, Italy and Japan. The data come from an analysis of the WorkTrends database, an annual survey of more than 25,000 employees in 18 countries.
The research examines the impact of employee engagement, the factors that drive engagement higher and what employees want from their managers. Engagement contributes to increased job satisfaction, employee retention, advocacy and pride, all of which can have a positive impact on an organisation's culture. However, the employee engagement index score for UK employees is only 54%.
"The factors that impede engagement are an employee's sense of the lack of a promising future in the organisation, their work contributions going unrecognised and being surrounded by unmotivated co-workers," said Jack Wiley, executive director, Kenexa Research Institute. "Without engagement, the manager's job is much harder because it involves pulling the team along, rather than guiding individuals. To improve their engagement levels, UK organisations should develop the skills of their managers and put more emphasis on talent management and creating defined career paths."
According to the survey, UK employees want exciting work, an organisation that can offer them a promising future, work/life balance, a safe environment, and an opportunity to improve their skills.


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