Surprise, Surprise: As Companies Cut Perks, They Gain Disengaged Employees

In a recent report by LeadershipIQ, a research and consulting company focusing on employee engagement, nearly 7 in 10 workers said they were disengaged from their jobs.

It’s not just the working stiffs at the bottom who are feeling less motivated to care about work. According to the report, half of frontline supervisors reported being disengaged or “underengaged.” A third of middle managers were disengaged, and 3 in ten executives were as well.

Engaged employees “take an active interest in the vision, the productivity and the future growth of the company. They understand how their piece fits in the whole puzzle. They speak well of us [to people outside the company], and they mean it,” according to Scott Irgang, director of labor relations at Pitney Bowes, speaking to Workforce. Meanwhile, a disengaged worker is just phoning it in, waiting for a better opportunity.

Perhaps this story will shed some light on these findings—it notes that in recent years, companies have cut everything from pension plans to professional development to casual Fridays. Nah, that can’t be related.