2016 Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement: Revitalizing a Changing Workforce


April 18, 2016

This research examines 43 aspects of job satisfaction and 37 factors directly related to employee engagement. Among the topics explored are career development, relationships with management, compensation and benefits, work environment, engagement opinions, engagement behaviors, and conditions for engagement. Key findings include:

  • 88% of U.S. employees reported overall satisfaction with their current job, marking the highest level of satisfaction over the last decade.

  • Based on a five-point scale, with 1 representing the least engaged and 5 representing the most engaged, U.S. employees were found to be moderately engaged (3.8); slightly higher than last year’s engagement index of 3.7.

  • 2016’s leading job satisfaction contributors include respectful treatment of all employees at all levels, compensation/pay, benefits and job security.

Take the pulse of your employees today with SHRM's employee survey service—SHRM Employee Engagement Survey—and find out the satisfaction and engagement levels of your workforce benchmarked against industry norms.

SHRM's Employee Satisfaction and Engagement Survey Service


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