It’s Time to Fix the Problem

It’s Time to Fix the Problem

I read 2 very disturbing articles this week.  The first was on the findings of Gallup’s “State of the American Workplace” report being released this month.  For over a year now, Gallup researchers have interviewed workers in all states and industries.  What did they find?

  • Only 30% of the nation’s working population today admits to being fully engaged at work
  • 52% of Americans admit to being disengaged in their jobs
  • 18% of employees are actively disengaged

The Gallup study identifies and defines the three categories of worker engagement as follows:

  • Engaged (30% of the U.S. population): Deeply committed to the success of their organization and emotionally connected to its mission and goals.  Routinely willing to put forth discretionary effort.
  • Disengaged (52% of the U.S. population):  Less emotionally connected to their work and less compelled to put forth extra effort. They show up for work but generally do only the minimum required.
  • Actively Disengaged (18% of the U.S. population):  Actively against what the organization, and their boss, is trying to get done.

The author goes on to paint a great picture with the following analogy …

“To fully comprehend these grim stats, imagine a crew team out on the Potomac River where three people are rowing their hearts out, five are taking in the scenery, and two are trying to sink the boat. It’s hard to conceive how businesses can thrive when so few people are working to move it forward.”

If this wasn’t depressing enough, today I read an article about the increasing number of companies that are listing, “no extended gaps in employment” in their job postings.  While this may or may not discourage people who are out of work from applying.  The real issue here is, what does current unemployment have to do with the person’s qualifications and ability to do the job? 

How do we fix the problem – Hire someone who is currently unemployed and I would bet they are engaged!

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