More than half of Americans don't like their jobs, according to a recent poll. What's more, up to one in five aren't just uninspired at work, but are actively damaging their companies by draining resources and lowering morale, the Yahoo Finance website reports today (June 25, 2013).
According to polling firm Gallup's survey of about 150,000 full and part-time employees in 2012, 18 percent of employees could be characterized as "actively disengaged." These employees take more sick days, monopolize their managers' time, and -- perhaps most significantly -- spread their discontent among the staff.
"Actively disengaged employees aren't just unhappy at work; they're busy acting out their unhappiness. Every day, these workers undermine what their engaged coworkers accomplish," the report concludes. Gallup estimates that this class of workers costs the U.S. between $450 billion and $550 billion a year in lost productivity.
Employers can hope that their good employees can beat out the bad, and perhaps sway the majority of simply unmotivated workers. About 30 percent of employees surveyed appeared to be actively and psychologically committed to work, but about 50 percent were unengaged by their work or managers. What appears to help tip the balance is the fact that actively disengaged employees quit at a higher rate.