Frustratingly, I could not find that same article, but it turned out not to be important. Just about three years ago there was a similar article that claimed about 74% of American workers were "passive job seekers". So, in three years, not much has apparently changed. Being ever skeptical, I went in search of other data that could either debunk or corroborate these numbers. One of the things I found was a very detailed study published in 2013 by Gallup, entitled "State of the American Workplace". On page 12 of the downloadable .pdf, embedded in a number of interesting charts and graphs, was a similar number. Gallup stated that about 70% of American workers are disengaged and that this fact is causing a massive drag on the economy.
As many of you read what I've just said, these numbers will probably resonate with you on some level. Statistically, three out of four of all of you are dealing with some level of disharmony with your employer. But why?
I normally do not like to pull block quotes from other sources as material for this blog. However, I read something in Forbes online that did a great job of summarizing the point that I'd like to make. Here it is:
- More approachable
- More tolerant of different approaches to accomplishing work
- More appreciative of risk taking
- More understanding that, unlike the days of our parents, people can and will walk away from us if we are tyrants
As organizations shrink in the name of efficiency and necessity, the distance between leaders and the people who work under them must also shrink. It is no coincidence that the more engaged your people are the more you will be as well.