AirTalk for July 2, 2013

The latest workplace trend: the actively disengaged worker

Actively disengaged workers

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A Gallup poll found that just 30 percent of surveyed workers were enthusiastic about their jobs.

All work and no raises could be the motto of today's workplace.

With unemployment is at 7.6 percent, many of us are grateful to be working. But how engaged and satisfied are folks with their jobs? That's an entirely different matter.

Gallup recently asked workers about how "engaged, or involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their workplace," and found that only 30 percent of those polled returned a positive response.

The survey looked at worker engagement beginning in 2010 and ending in 2012, continuing the work of a previous poll that covered the period between 2008 through 2010.

"Actively disengaged" workers, the polling giant estimated, apparently cost the U.S. economy as much as $550 billion in lost productivity each year. Surprisingly, the report found that those with a college degree felt more unhappy with their work than those without.

Why are workers feeling so checked out? If you are a manager, how do you rally your troops to get them to invest more?

Jim Harter, Chief Scientist of Workplace Management and Wellbeing at Gallup.

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