Our daily working lives are deeply rooted in the past.

We are working in exciting times in which change is the norm. At the same time, the assumptions and practices that shape our daily working lives are deeply rooted in the past. Our current ways of working have been around and have served us well in the past, however over the last decade these ways have been shown not to perform well in the an increasingly complex world. We often say we are putting more focus on people but does the research bear this out?

The State of the Global Workplace: Employee Engagement Insights for Business Leaders Worldwide report highlights findings from Gallup’s ongoing study of workplaces in more than 140 countries from 2011 through 2012.

Looking at the 19 Western European countries Gallup surveyed in 2011 and 2012, 14% of employees are engaged, while 66% are not engaged and 20% are actively disengaged. . The resulting ratio of engaged to actively disengaged employees is 0.7-to-1 — a low figure compared with other parts of the developed world such as the U.S. and Canada (1.6-to-1) and Australia and New Zealand (1.5-to-1). With a ratio of 0.65, the UK is doing slightly worse than some other European countries.


Not engaged

Actively disengaged

Ratio of engaged: actively disengaged

All Europe





United Kingdom 





At a recent CIPD conference held in Manchester, UK, The Oxford Group presented findings of a survey of the opinions of 5000 employees and middle managers. They showed that:

  • Only 32% of employees feel comfortable honestly disclosing concerns and worries with their manager
  • Only 29% of employees think that their manager is approachable and listens when they need to speak to them
  • 31% are rarely praised at all
  • 11% wonder why they bother coming to work
  • 15% of employees think that their manager is very good at handling awkward or difficult situations
  • 91% of managers felt that high quality conversations were very important or critical to their success
  • 68% said they need to hold critical conversations every day
  • Only 52% consider themselves to be very effective at having these conversations

Next blog  Part 2 ;

No one goes to work to feel disengaged so why is this happening?

 What is driving this transformation?