Who doesn’t want a workplace filled with engaged, involved, enthusiastic and committed employees? A happy workplace is more productive, costs less to run, and is just simply good for the soul. Gallup estimates that workers who are actively disengaged cost the U.S. as much as $550 billion in economic activity yearly.
Unfortunately, according to a recent Gallup survey, seven out of 10 workers have "checked out" at work or are "actively disengaged." That leaves a mere 30% of workers who are "were engaged, or involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their workplace."
The survey classifies three types of the 100 million full-time employees in America. The first classification is the 30 million workers who are “actively engaged.” The second type of workers is the 50 million who are "not engaged," and simply is going through the motions at work—running on auto-pilot. And the third type, or "actively disengaged," is filled with the folks who simply hate going to work.
With those types of reviews, most American workplaces should be on probation. Yes, I said workplaces not workers who should take the blame.
It is the responsibility of an employer to find ways to motivate and encourage employees to be productive and engaged. Employers should be actively trying increase productivity and retain employees by keeping them happy and engaged. “A little honey can attract a lot of busy bees” as an HR friend of mine often says. And, if an employee is simply not desired of a happy place to work, then they should be fired.
Employees who are “actively disengaged” undermine their company’s productivity with their attitude, and cost the company money. One bad apple can bring down the morale of the whole barrel.
"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."
What’s your job satisfaction rating?
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