70% of American Workers Hate Their Jobs
11:20 am, June 25th | by Grace Rasmus
If you’re sneakily browsing the web at work, sitting at your too-small desk on your too-squeaky chair, dreading that 3:00pm meeting and counting down the hours until you can hightail it out of the office, you probably hate your job. As it turns out, you’re (unfortunately) not in the minority: according to a depressing new Gallup poll, a whopping 70 percent of Americans surveyed either hate their jobs or are totally disengaged.
The Gallup poll surveyed 150,000 full-time and part-time workers and discovered that 20 percent of workers are “actively disengaged,” meaning they complain often and spend their lunch breaks scouring the Internet for new jobs.
Before coming to Geekosystem, I worked as a substitute teacher. I didn’t love teaching, but I certainly didn’t hate it. I wasn’t miserable at work, but I was far from “actively engaged.” I showed up. Reviewed the lesson plans, and just tried to get through the day so I could go home and take a nap. I was “not engaged.” 50% of workers in America feel that way about their job. It’s not the worst thing in their lives, but it’s not what they’re passionate about.
These disengaged workers are not only bad for office morale, they’re also bad for the economy. An estimated $450 to $550 billion are lost each year due to lack of productivity, missed days of work, and stolen property.
Gallup’s CEO and chairman Jim Clifton said in a statement that poor management was one of the leading causes of employee disengagement.
The survey also shows that perks such as catered meals, ping-pong tables, nap rooms (!!!), and in-office massages do little to improve office morale . Nothing can replace the innate desire to show up to work every day.
Another startling finding is that those who work from home are actually more engaged than those in an office setting. Gallup found that 44 percent of workers with available flex time had a higher well-being than those with simply a lot of perks. This finding goes against conventional wisdom that telecommuting creates more distractions, the reasoning companies like Yahoo! use when banning at-home work.
We’re curious to know how the level of worker disengagement changes among different fields. Since full-time and part-time workers were both surveyed, that means the statistics probably cover a multitude of profession — lawyers, cashiers, pilots, artists, bankers, etc.; within each profession there are sure to be different levels and reasons for disengagement.