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2022 Employee Engagement Trends Report

Insights, analysis, and benchmarking data for McLean & Company’s Employee Engagement Survey from 2019 to 2021.

  • Employees’ relationship to their organizations shifted with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, remote and virtual work, and more.
  • Employee priorities are changing, and the way organizations think about employee engagement needs to change as well.

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Critical Insight

  • Organizations who have maintained engagement progress throughout 2021 see that employees are recognizing the efforts put in to increase engagement. Now is the time to build on the progress and keep engagement high.
  • Organizations must intentionally create opportunities for cross-departmental collaboration and increase visibility of each department’s contributions. This is especially important for remote/hybrid workers who may have less exposure to other departments day to day.
  • Organizations need to get creative about how they support employees and revisit their efforts to promote all aspects of wellbeing. Mental wellbeing must be a particular focus as longer work hours may add to workload pressures and lead to employee burnout.

Impact and Result

  • Understand broader trends impacting employee engagement across other organizations from 2019 to 2021.
  • Use this report to understand the impact of remote and hybrid work, the COVID-19 pandemic, and more on key employee engagement drivers.
  • Understand the link between employee engagement and retention.
  • Inform employee engagement measurements and initiatives in 2022 and beyond.

2022 Employee Engagement Trends Report Research & Tools

1. Prepare for key trends shaping the future of employee engagement in 2022

Inform employee engagement strategic plans and prioritize best practices.

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Module 1: Develop an Engagement Program Strategy

The Purpose

  • Assess the organization’s history with engagement measures and readiness to make engagement a priority.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Foundational elements in place for a successful engagement program.




Review and identify the implications of the history of engagement measures and initiatives.

  • Current state analysis.

Assess readiness for leader-driven engagement.


Articulate the purpose of engagement.

  • Defined purpose for engagement at the organization.

Module 2: Select Engagement Measure(s)

The Purpose

  • Establish a clear link between an engaged workforce and organizational goals.
  • Select the best methods and frequency to gather employee feedback.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Selection of engagement measure(s) to support the goals of the engagement program.




Select goals and metrics for the engagement program.

  • Defined goals for engagement program.

Select which engagement measure(s) are most appropriate.

  • Selection of recommended engagement measure(s).

Module 3: Assign Roles and Plan for Communications

The Purpose

  • Outline next steps to successfully implement engagement measure(s).

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Defined roles and accountabilities.
  • Communications for senior leadership.




Outline and assign stakeholder roles and responsibilities.

  • Defined roles and accountabilities for engagement program.

Plan approach to gain senior leadership buy-in.

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