Unengaged Employees Hurt the Bottom Line

Unengaged Employees Hurt the Bottom Line

Unengaged Employees Hurt the Bottom Line

Short List  Only 30% of U.S. employees are engaged at work, up slightly from 28% in 2010.

The vast majority of employees are not engaged at work, and quite a few have such negative feelings about their job that they have the potential to disrupt productivity and bring down co-worker morale. Some may even steal from their employer. These and other findings are revealed in the latest "State of the American Workplace" report from Gallup. Managers should pay heed to these results, which indicate that a fully engaged employee has a positive impact on the bottom line. So how does Gallup distinguish between engaged employees and disengaged ones? The former are more likely to feel that they know what is expected of them at work; they have the opportunity to do their best every day; their opinions matter; they receive praise for good work performance; and they have a good friend at work, among other criteria. "Engaged employees are the best colleagues," according to the report. "They cooperate to build an organization, institution or agency, and they are behind everything good that happens there. They know the scope of their jobs and look for new and better ways to achieve outcomes." The survey is a continuing series of research conducted with responses from 25 million participants that go back to 1996. The most current research is compiled from data taken from 7.8 million respondents.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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