The workplace is experiencing a positive worldwide shift to increased employee engagements following years of declining levels, according to a new analysis released today by Aon Hewitt.

Specifically, the study, which analyzes employee engagement trends of more than 3,100 organizations representing 9.7 million employees globally, reveals that 58 percent of respondents were engaged in 2011, marking an increase from 56 percent from 2010.

In 2001, effective leadership at the business unit or division level came in at 61 percent, an increase from 54 percent in 2010, and people and human resources practice implementing a positive work environment was at 53 percent, a jump from 47 percent in 2010. Seventy-five percent of respondents valued customer relationships as rewarding, up from 70 percent in 2010.

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