The study found only one in eight workers worldwide were committed to their work, noting that engagement varies considerably based on the region and country in which people live, as well as their socio-economic condition.
The United States and Canada lead the world with 29 percent of employees engaged at work, followed by workers in Australia and New Zealand, at 24 percent, the study indicated.
The proportion of engaged employees in Western Europe is 14 percent, which Gallup, based in Princeton, N.J., said could imply workplace lethargy may impede economic dynamism.
Six percent of workers in East Asia are engaged, primarily Chinese workers who Gallup said are among the least engaged in the world.
Regional data show relationships between employees' educational achievements and their likelihood to be engaged at work, Gallup said. In developing regions where higher education is less common, engagement trends upward with education. For most developing countries, better access to higher education matches with economic diversification and development.
Employee engagement results were collected among 73,752 adult respondents in 141 countries via the Gallup World Poll, and 151,335 U.S. respondents using the Gallup Daily tracking survey. For results based on the total global sample, the margin of error is less than 1 percentage point. The sampling period was not included.