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Global employee engagement stagnates, report finds

9 July 2024 3 min read

A snapshot of global employee engagement

Gallup’s latest annual State of the Global Workplace Report has found that global employee engagement stagnated between 2023 and 2024, remaining at just 23% of employees for the last two years in a row.

The report found that 62% of employees are ‘not engaged’, up from 59% in the previous report, and 15% of employees worldwide are ‘actively disengaged’.

The high cost of low global employee engagement

Gallup estimates that low employee engagement costs the global economy US$8.9 trillion, equivalent to 9% of global GDP.

That staggering cost is driven by active disengagement amongst 15% of the world’s employees, as well as the majority of the world’s workers (62%) that report being unengaged. Whilst not actively disengaged, this group of employees remain somewhat ambivalent towards their work, and are likely not reaching their full potential and productivity output. This could be caused by a multitude of factors, from poor management, to misalignment between job roles and skills, and a lack of engagement with, and belief in, an employer’s values and business goals.

A snapshot of global employee engagement

Here’s how global employee engagement looks across different regions, starting with United States and Canada, where the highest percentage of employees report being engaged:


  • United States and Canada: 33% engaged (+2% from last year)
  • Latin America and the Caribbean: 32% engaged (+2% from last year)
  • South Asia: 26% engaged (-7% from last year)
  • Southeast Asia: 26% engaged (no change)
  • Australia and New Zealand: 25% engaged (+2% from last year)
  • Post-Soviet Eurasia: 24% engaged (-2% from last year)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: 20% engaged (no change)
  • East Asia: 18% engaged (+1% from last year)
  • Middle East and North Africa: 14% engaged (-2% from last year)
  • Europe: 13% engaged (no change)


Global employee engagement is at its lowest in Europe

Whilst employee engagement doesn’t look particularly strong in any region around the world, it’s at its lowest in Europe.

Just 13% of employees working in European countries report being engaged. Despite that, Europe also has the lowest regional percentage of employees who say they are watching for or actively seeking a new job.

Looking at daily negative emotions, 37% of employee report feeling stressed, 15% feel angry, 17% feel sadness, and 14% experience loneliness.

How can organisations improve employee engagement?

Improving employee engagement is no easy task – it takes time and often a significant cultural shift is needed within a workplace in order to see real benefits of boosted engagement.

However, there are many ways in which organisations can strive to engage their employees more effectively through different channels and activities. These may include:


  • Ongoing check-ins between employees and line managers
  • Feedback and recognition
  • Team collaboration
  • Internal communications
  • A clear company mission


Find out more about how organisations can boost employee engagement in our blog > Understanding employee engagement

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Georgina at edays
July 9, 2024

Georgina Mackintosh is an accomplished copywriter and marketing professional with a background that spans several industries. Her writing focuses on HR topics such as employee wellbeing, engagement and experience - as well as absence management best practice, how-to guides and news from the HR sector.