Anyone who’s ever been disengaged at work knows the symptoms: unhappiness, lack of motivation, decrease in creativity and productivity, a high level of apathy, and feeling like “a cog in the machine”.

It’s clear that low engagement can dramatically affect the health and happiness of an employee, but just how much does it actually affect the employer?

Answer: a lot. According to a 2013 Gallup study, seven out of 10 workers in the US say they aren’t fully engaged at work, meaning they aren’t working to their fullest potential. The resulting loss of productivity is costing the US economy upwards of $450 billion each year, and has a huge impact on the overall bottom-line of companies.

The following infographic created by workplace happiness app Good.Co breaks down some of the most startling employee engagement statistics available, proving that companies who fail to invest in employee engagement can – and will – lose their competitive edge. With statistics like these, employers simply can’t afford to turn a blind eye towards disengaged employees – rather, they need to take steps to actively raise engagement within their workforce.

Infographic from Good.Co


This infographic originally appeared on the Good.Co blog.