70% of American Workforce “Not Engaged” at Work Says Gallup

Gallup recently released their annual State of the American Workplace report which informs us that 70% of the American workforce is at least “not engaged” at work. Making up that 70% number are 52% who are “not engaged” and 18% who are “actively disengaged”.

Maybe these less than engaged employees should have asked these 5 questions before applying for the job.

An employee that is “not engaged” is someone who is just going through the motions (i.e. putting in time, but no energy or passion). Gallup splits the results into 3 groups: engaged, not engaged, and actively disengaged.

Engagement level was judged by asking questions like:

  • Do you have the materials and equipment you need to do your job right?
  • Do you know what is expected of you at work?
  • Does the mission or purpose of the company make you feel your job is important?

The results aren’t much different from previous years. In fact, this year’s results show some of the highest levels of engagement since 2007.

“…it’s not that I’m lazy, it’s that I just don’t care.” – Peter from Office Space

Where you are from could help determine how engaged you are at work. Or it could just be correlated to other factors like education level. Either way, Minnesota, Vermont, and Delaware had the least engaged workforce. While Louisiana, Oklahoma, and South Dakota were the most engaged.

Other findings: employees with college degrees tend to be less engaged, as do men (vs women), and Millennials and Baby Boomers (vs other generations).

Are you disengaged at work? Check out these stories of entrepreneurs who used their low engagement jobs as a catalyst to start something on their own.

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Last Edited: June 27, 2013 @ 9:28 am
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