Do companies want employee engagement? Or it is just something bosses want to believe exists? Because it may be that many employees don't think their supervisors want them to be engaged in their work.

This is one scenario that could be extracted from the results of a survey by the American Psychological Association. Its 2015 Work and Well-Being Survey, conducted online by Harris Poll with input from more than 1,500 U.S. adults. The results reveal that senior leaders believe their employer values worker involvement—that's what 71 percent reported.

But when asked the same question, only 51 percent of front-line employees said they think their company wants them to be actively involved in shaping the workplace.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.