The BMG Research Employee Panel (made up of a representative sample of 1,000 UK employees) was surveyed in late 2016, and the findings reveal strong evidence supporting the view that wellbeing and employee engagement are closely interrelated.

Excessive pressure drives up levels of disengagement and anxiety

  • Employees who report feeling under excessive pressure in their job on a daily basis are found to be nearly four times more likely to be disengaged with their role than those who report feeling excessive pressure less than monthly (27% and 7%).
  • In addition to this, a third (34%) of employees who report feeling under excessive pressure on a daily basis also report high levels of anxiety.
  • Why is this important? Well, we also found that employees under daily excessive pressure are twice as likely to disagree they are motivated to do a good job (19%) and twice as likely to disagree that their employer motivates them to achieve their objectives (32%). Around a third (34%) also state they are already looking for a new job or plan to do so in the new year.

Regular and effective one to one meetings are critical

  • Amongst employees who say they have a regular one to one with their manager, 72% are defined to be engaged, whilst just 23% are partially engaged and 5% disengaged. On the reverse of this, however, just 24% of staff are defined as engaged where they do not have a one to one, and disengagement is five times higher (24%).
  • We also see that as high as 79% of employees who have a regular one to one with their manager say they feel valued for the work they do, compared to just 28% who do not have a one to one. The importance of this is that 86% of staff who feel valued say they are motivated to go the extra mile beyond that outlined in their job description, which is critical in a time when businesses are looking for more from less and improved productivity.


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