You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Americans really hate work; bad managers to blame


On the work satisfaction scale, Americans overwhelmingly relate more with Dilbert than Donald Trump. According to a new survey, only 30 percent of America's work force feels engaged or inspired by work. 

The other 70 percent of the nation's full-time employees are either just putting in their time or are very discontent with their jobs.

Gallup's 2013 State of the American Workplace gives an in-depth look at what's ailing the nation's workforce, as well as what the most successful companies are doing right. Some of the more compelling findings include;

 

  •  Only 22 percent of U.S. employees are engaged and thriving. 
  • Only 41 percent of employees felt they knew what their company stands for and what makes it different from competitors.
  • Millennials are most willing to leave for a better opportunity in the next 12 months. Workers at the beginning and end of their career are more likely to 'buy in' to their jobs.
  • Remote workers actually work longer hours than their in-office counterparts. 

 

Perhaps most insightful for America's managers is the impact this dissatisfaction has on the bottom line. Gallup claims "active disengagement" costs the country "$450 billion to $550 billion per year." Gallup defines “engaged” employees as those who are involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their work and contribute to their organization in a positive manner.  

The study shows "52 percent of workers are not engaged ... another 18 percent are actively disengaged in their work."

Gallup CEO Jim Clifton says the blame for such poor results can be laid squarely at the feet of bad managers, "Gallup research has found that the top 25 percent of teams — the best managed — versus the bottom 25 percent in any workplace — the worst managed — have nearly 50 percent fewer accidents and have 41 percent fewer quality defects."

Clifton says the study also shows the more disengaged workers wind up costing companies more in healthcare costs due to workplace accidents. Clifton's advice for upper management?

"Let’s get rid of managers from hell, double the number of great managers and engaged employees, and have those managers lead based on what actually matters ... employees will be twice as effective, they’ll create far more customers, companies will grow, spiraling healthcare costs will decrease, and desperately needed GDP will boom like never before."

The State of the American Workplace surveyed workers from 2010-2012. More than 350 thousand workers were surveyed each year.

You can view and download the full study on Gallup's website


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in News

TODAY’S MODERATOR: Seeking more truckers

The trucking industry in Ohio is under stress to find enough qualified drivers — and state lawmakers are worried about it. Staff writer Jim Otte reported this week on “A series of bills were introduced addressing various problems that have put the industry in crisis, according to state Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, the author of one...
Amy Schumer drops out of live-action ‘Barbie’ movie
Amy Schumer drops out of live-action ‘Barbie’ movie

According to a new report from Variety magazine, actress and comedian Amy Schumer will not appear in the live-action “Barbie” film, as previously planned.  >> Read more trending news News that Schumer would star in the production was announced in December.  This week, Schumer announced that she would no longer be able to...
Woman finds cow lip in tacos
Woman finds cow lip in tacos

A Texas woman found what she thought were teeth in barbacoa tacos ordered at El Rincon, a restaurant in Pflugerville. According to San Antonio’s KENS, Courtney Aguilar took to Facebook to share a picture of the tacos, saying, “When you order barbacoa tacos, but get teeth instead.” Aguilar wrote that she asked a restaurant server...
U-shaped skyscraper might be coming to America
U-shaped skyscraper might be coming to America

 A unique U-shaped building that could be the longest in the world might be coming to the United States. Plans for building “The Big Bend” could redefine the Manhattan skyline. “If we manage to bend our structure instead of bending the zoning rules of New York we would be able to create one of the most prestigious buildings in...
Wittenberg breaks ground on $40M complex designed to lure students
Wittenberg breaks ground on $40M complex designed to lure students

Wittenberg University leaders broke ground Friday on a $40 million indoor athletic facility that they hope will help with student recruitment and facilitate more connections with the Springfield community. Among the features of the new 125,000 square-feet complex will be an indoor 100-yard artificial turf surface; a six-lane, 300-meter indoor track...
More Stories