Great Jobs: Workplace Engagement

Workplace engagement is more than job satisfaction. It means employees are intellectually and emotionally connected to their organizations and work because they are able to do what they’re best at, they like what they do, and they have someone who cares about their development.

Gallup’s expertise on engagement in the workplace is rooted in more than 30 years of research on the 12 elements that best predict employee and workgroup performance. Based on responses to questions that measure the 12 elements, Gallup categorizes workers as engaged, not engaged, or actively disengaged. People who are engaged at work are more enthusiastic about their work; they are loyal and productive. Those who are not engaged may be productive and satisfied with their workplaces, but they are not intellectually and emotionally connected to them. Workers who are actively disengaged are physically present but intellectually and emotionally disconnected. They are unhappy with their work, share their unhappiness with their colleagues, and are likely to jeopardize the performance of their teams.

Recent Gallup research shows that only 30 percent of Americans are engaged in their jobs, meaning that U.S. workplaces are missing out on staggering amounts of economic benefit that come from more engaged workforces. If higher education does not lead graduates to an engaging job, then it has failed to deliver on a central expectation of students and their families, who support them through college.

Employment Rates

The majority of Goucher alumnae/i who graduated between 1990 and 2015 are employed full time for an employer—similar to that among 1990-2015 graduates in our comparison groups.

Goucher graduates

70%

National college graduates

69%

Small, residential college graduates

70%

Competitor graduates

70%

Fulfillment at Work

Goucher alumnae/i are more likely to be fulfilled at work.

I am deeply interested in the work that I do.

49%%

Goucher Graduates

National College Graduates: 42%

Small, Residential College Graduates: 44%

Competitor Graduates: 41%

My job gives me the opportunity to do work that interests me.

49%%

Goucher Graduates

National College Graduates: 41%

Small, Residential College Graduates: 43%

Competitor Graduates: 42%

I have the ideal job for me.

31%%

Goucher Graduates

National College Graduates: 27%

Small, Residential College Graduates: 25%

Competitor Graduates: 25%

 
 
 
 
 

Supportive Relationships in College

Gallup’s research found the supportive relationships a student had while in college are linked to engagement at work. A higher percentage of Goucher alumnae/i felt supported while attending college as compared to national college graduates and competitor college graduates.

 

26%

Goucher graduates

15%

National college graduates

29%

Small, residential college graduates

16%

Competitor graduates