While my ever-growing skepticism keeps me from always buying into anything the Gallup people tell me, I sort-of, kind-of believe they might of gotten some of it right this time. Frankly after they came out with a poll last year saying that three out of 10 Americans hated filing taxes, I lost my faith in them. I am pretty sure that 10 out of 10 Americans hate filing taxes.
Thought Number One: The Results Are In: Lots of People Hate Their Jobs
But they..the Gallup people, that is...may be redeeming themselves by doing a survey that tells us that 70 percent of people that work, hate their jobs. The fact that they clarified the survey was for "those that work" gives credence to the thoroughness of the poll, don't you think?
The Gallup's 2013 State of the Workplace report concluded that of the 150,000 people that participated in the study, around 30 percent of those surveyed did enjoy their jobs and bosses. That is where the good news ends.
- 20 percent of the respondents fell into what the Gallup organization calls "actively disengaged". Traits of this group include those who mutter complaints around the office and those that job hunt on line on company time.
- 50% of U.S. workers are "disengaged, according to the report. This is described as those that "show up for work" but are uninspired. (In my experience, most employers require showing up as a condition of employment...harsh, I know.)
|She looks too happy to be at work..I am suspicious of how many glasses of wine she had at lunch.|
Other key points that were stated in the report were:
- Many people complained they had bosses from hell. Bad leadership seemed to be a motivation killer that could not be overcome by either money nor perks.
- The report states that the estimated monetary loss annually due to lost productivity, stolen goods, and absenteeism is around $450-550 BILLION dollars.
- While money was deemed important, it didn't out-weigh things like having a good boss or a work environment where workers had a voice. Having their opinions respected was a huge incentive for those that are happy in their workplace.
Thought Number Two: Other way to look at it.
Oddly, enough...while I was looking over the Gallup report about how Americans hate their jobs, I happened upon chart created by the U.S. Department of Labor illustrating how Americans spend their day.
Well...what have we here? The U.S. government deems that we are only working 3.32 hours a day. Perhaps that is why productivity is down??
So...my readers...Does Gallup have it right? Are most American workers disengaged, dissatisfied or are they under they expecting too much????
OR are people thinking that work should always be fun and not be so "work" like.
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