Only 13% of all UK employees are fully engaged with the organisation they work for according to new figures.
The survey of 1,425 employees also shows that one in four is actively disengaged.
The problem is greatest among public sector employees, where a third of respondents said they were actively disengaged.
Senior managers and directors are more engaged than other employee groups and engagement weakens significantly as you move down through the organisational hierarchy, the research showed.
Paul Roberts, managing director of Ibis Communication, which commissioned the research, said the primary reason for a lack of engagement among staff was they didn't believe their employer valued them enough.
"Many also cite a lack of active support for skills development and career progression," he said. "Most alarmingly, trust in senior leaders scores poorly, particularly among public sector employees."