You’re not alone: Most don’t like their jobs. Gallup survey finds only 30 percent of workers engaged or enthusiastic.
BY RICARDO LOPEZ Los Angeles Times June 17, 2013 Seven out of 10 workers have “checked out” at work or are “actively disengaged;’ a recent Gallup survey finds. 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 work- place!’ Although that equals the high in engagement since Gal~ lup 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 earlier this month, examined worker en-gagement beginning in 2010 and ending in 2012. The previ- ous poll period covered 2008 through 2010. The survey classifies three-types of employees among the 100 million people in the United States who hold full-time jobs. The first is actively engaged, which represents about 30 mil-lion 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 em-ployee engagement seems to have increased in the past de- cade,” 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. ” 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.