Most Americans Not Engaged with Their Work
New research by Gallop has revealed that a whopping 71% of American workers are either 'not engaged' or 'actively disengaged' at work, with this figure remaining stable throughout 2011.
Gallup's employee engagement index is based on worker responses to 12 actionable workplace elements with proven linkages to performance outcomes, including productivity, customer service, quality, retention, safety, and profit. Further research shows significant linkages between engagement at work and health and wellbeing outcomes.
Education levels appear to correlate with engagement, with Americans with a college education reported as being significantly less likely to be engaged in their job than those with only a high school diploma.
Men are much less likely than women to be engaged at work. There are no significant differences in employee engagement by income level.
Over the past several decades, business and psychological researchers — including Gallup — have identified a strong relationship between employees' workplace engagement and their respective company's overall performance. It is likely that organizations with engaged employees experience positive business performance, while workplaces with not engaged or actively disengaged employees are more likely to experience lower productivity.