Gallup has conducted a new study on employee engagement, which found a few surprising and startling facts related to management and Americans’ overall happiness and engagement with their jobs. Gallup defines engaged as employees who are “involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their work, and contribute in a positive manner.”
While the study offered a lot of suggestions on how management can ignite or reignite the passion in its employers in a sort of top-down approach, the underlying theme was conclusive: Americans appear to be bored with their jobs. In measuring whether people were engaged, not engaged, or actively disengaged, the results consistently demonstrated a bored, apathetic, or otherwise disinterested population of American workers. Gallup estimated that this phenomenon costs U.S. businesses a total of $440 billion to $550 billion in revenue per year.
Here are 10 charts that prove Americans are bored of working:
1. Bored People
As of 2012, 70 percent of workers are either actively disengaged or not engaged. Gallup claims that this is related to “business outcomes essential to an organization’s financial success, including productivity, profitability, and customer satisfaction.”