The Simply Talent study, which polled around 1,500 workers across Europe, found that just 3% of employees think HR has the most impact on employee engagement levels. The majority (42%) felt their peers were the biggest influence, while just over one-fifth (21%) cited line managers, and 7% unit managers.
But when it comes to negative influences on workplace engagement, many employees blamed their superiors.
Almost one-fifth (19%) said their senior leadership team were the most responsible for negatively impacting engagement, and 11% felt it was down to line managers.
Employees recognise the value of feeling engaged at work, Oracle found. Fifty-nine per cent of respondents in the UK said increased engagement enhances productivity, while 30% of respondents across Europe thought that being engaged could help them provide better customer service.
And despite finding the most satisfaction from working with colleagues, 57% said that more proactive, regular interactions with managers would improve their time at work.
Staff would also like more recognition for their achievements (53% said this should be a management priority), and greater understanding about their contribution to the company (35%).
Millennials in particular