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The Global Workplace: Only 13 Percent of Employees Engaged with Their Jobs

In rough numbers, the report estimates, there are 900 million workers around the globe who are not engaged with their jobs and 240 million who are actively disengaged.

| BY Donald Liebenson

If you are reading this at work, you may be one of nearly two-thirds of employees worldwide who are “not engaged” with their jobs, according to a new Gallup study.

Only 13 percent of employees around the globe consider themselves engaged at work, meaning they are “psychologically committed to their jobs and likely to be making positive contributions to their organizations, the 142-country survey found. Sixty-three percent described themselves at “not engaged,” meaning they lack motivation and are less likely to invest discretionary effort in company goals or outcomes. Nearly one-fourth said they are “actively disengaged” at their job, meaning they are unhappy, unproductive and “liable to spread negativity to coworkers.”

In rough numbers, the report estimates, there are 900 million workers around the globe who are not engaged with their jobs and 240 million who are actively disengaged.

The United States and Canada scored highest in the study with the highest proportion of engaged workers (29 percent), followed by Australia and New Zealand (24 percent).

In contrast, the highest proportion of actively disengaged workers can be found in the Middle East and North Africa and sub-Saharan regions (35 percent and 33 percent, respectively).

What are factors in job engagement? Better educated employees are more likely to be engaged at work in many developing and transitional economies where the demand for high-skilled labor exceeds the supply of more highly educated residents, the report states. But in developed economies such as the United States and Canada, college-educated workers are less likely than those with only a high school education to strongly agree that they have the opportunity to do what they do best at work. This is a reflection of the struggling job market and attitudes of workers who feel they are under-employed in jobs which are not in the fields in which they may have majored in college.

 The companies most successful at engaging their employees, the report states, have taken the initiative in several areas, including providing a clear corporate vision that communicates the employee’s role in achieving it, accountability and performance, employee communication, and employee development and ongoing job education.

About the Author

Donald Liebenson

Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.  

A graduate of the University of Southern California, he is married with a college-age son. He also writes extensively about entertainment.