70 percent of American workers are “emotionally disconnected” at work, with nearly one in five employees actively trying to undermine their workplace, according to a new survey.
Gallup’s ongoing ‘State of the American Workforce’ survey reveals that 52 percent of workers are ‘not engaged’, which a spokesperson described as “putting time – but not energy or passion – into their work.” Another 19 percent as ‘actively disengaged': actively trying to sabotage their colleagues and managers.
Gallup’s annual workplace survey is conducted as part of its effort to market its services to firms that are seeking to boost employee morale. Its findings haven’t changed over the past decade, with only 30 percent of Americans saying they are emotionally engaged at work. The recent recession and spike in unemployment did not affect that trend.
Gallup read 12 statements to workers across the country about their work and asked for comments. The statements included, “I know what is expected of me at work,” “At work my opinions seem to count,” “I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day,” “In the last seven days, I have received recognition or praise,” “Someone at work seems to care about me as a person,” and “My associates… are committed to doing quality work.”