Most workers hate their jobs or have ‘checked out,’ survey finds

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Most workers hate their jobs or have ‘checked out,’ survey finds

Seven out of 10 workers have “checked out” at work or are “actively  disengaged,” according to a recent Gallup survey.


In its ongoing survey of the American workplace, Gallup found that only 30  percent of workers are “were engaged, or involved in, enthusiastic about, and  committed to their workplace.” Although that equals the high in engagement since  Gallup began studying the issue in 2000, it is overshadowed by the number of  workers who aren’t committed to performing at a high level – which Gallup says  costs companies money.

The poll, released last week, examined worker engagement beginning in 2010  and ending in 2012. The previous poll period covered 2008 through 2010.

The survey classifies three types of employees among the 100 million people  in America who hold full-time jobs. The first is actively engaged, which  represents about 30 million workers. The second type of worker is “not engaged,”  which accounts for 50 million. These employees are going through the motions at  work.

The third type, labeled “actively disengaged,” hates going to work. These  workers – about 20 million – undermine their companies with their attitude,  according to the report.

“The general consciousness about the importance of employee engagement seems  to have increased in the past decade,” said Jim Harter, Gallup’s chief scientist  for workplace management and well-being. “But there is a gap between knowing  about engagement and doing something about it in most American workplaces.”

Gallup estimates that workers who are actively disengaged cost the U.S. as  much as $550 billion in economic activity yearly. The level of employee  engagement in the past decade has been largely stagnant, according to  researchers.

The report found that different age groups and those with higher education  levels reported more discontent with their workplace. Baby boomers, for  instance, are more likely to be “actively disengaged” than other age groups.  Employees with college degrees are also more likely to be running on autopilot  at work.


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