Poll Reveals Shocking Percentage of Employees Disengaged at Work

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A recent Gallup poll, which surveyed American workers from 2010-2012, revealed that a startling 70% of workers are either “checked out” at work or “actively disengaged.”

This means that only 30% of American employees are engaged, enthusiastic about, and committed to their workplace.

The poll reveals a surprising increase in what is considered the passive candidate pool: due to the economy, comfort, or hesitancy, disengaged employees are not actively pursuing other ventures. These workers may also have a misconception that they would not be considered for a new position, as there are already so many active candidates in the pool.

Gallup says that disengaged workers cost the United States as much as $550 billion annually. Of most predominance among the dissatisfied were Baby Boomers and Millennials.

Additional Information about Disengagement:

  • Companies with high levels of employee engagement saw a 19.2% increase in operating income, while companies with low employee engagement saw a 32.7% decline in operating income in 2012, according to Towers Watson
  • 73% of workers admit being stressed at work, which easily leads to disengagement
  • 50% of workers believe they are not adequately compensated (The American Psychological Association)
  • 48% of workers said a good manager is the top reason for staying in their role
  • 67% of workers think about the job search 6 months prior to actively searching (CareerBuilder)

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