Nursing Ranked Last in Employee Engagement for Second Year in a Row; Quantum Workplace Research Reveals Team Dynamics Cause Plummet in Nurses' Engagement

Omaha, NE, June 06, 2017 --( In light of the continued nursing shortage, there’s more bad news for organizations trying to hire and retain nurses: for the second year in a row, nursing has the lowest employee engagement of any department.

According to new research by Quantum Workplace, a leading workplace survey and employee feedback technology company, only 57% of nurses at best places to work are engaged in their work. This is well behind the national average among best places to work of 66% – and a world away from the most engaged department, sales, with 80% of employees engaged.

Nursing has long experienced a shortage of talent, and this shortage has been compounded by the 2008 recession, the growing population of American elderly, and new insurance processes.

The research conducted examines over half a million employees at more than 8,700 best places to work across the US. Participants are asked questions about key factors affecting employee engagement, including perceptions of teamwork, trust in leaders, job satisfaction, and benefits. The survey uses a six-point Likert scale, and employees are classified as engaged when their average score is between five and six. All surveys were collected from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.

Of the 30 survey items, nursing saw the biggest decreases in items relating to team dynamics.

- My immediate coworkers consistently go the extra mile to achieve great results. (3.07% decrease)
- It would take a lot to get me to leave this organization. (1.90% decrease)
- The people I work with most closely are committed to producing top quality work. (1.02% decrease)
- I see professional growth and career development for myself in this organization. (0.95% decrease)
- I know I can depend on the other members of my team. (0.43% decrease)

Quantum Workplace found that one of the top five engagement drivers, those items which correlate highly with employee engagement, for nurses was “The people I work with most closely are committed to producing top quality work.” This top driver saw one of the biggest decreases in favorability.

“In a profession where poor teamwork can be the difference between life and death, a low team dynamics score among nurses is not an engagement trend to take lightly,” said Quantum Workplace CEO Greg Harris.

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