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Employees, Your Lack Of Ambition Is Bringing Us All Down

Attention, U.S. employees: You're slacking off on the job because you don't care anymore, and your bad attitude is slowing down economic growth. Career crisis on Aisle 9! - I almost showed up to work today with a positive attitude, but sarcasm stepped in and saved the day.

Gallup is out with a new "State of the American Workplace" report that finds a whopping 70% of American employees are currently "disengaged," a fancy word that means "waiting for the weekend." Living the old Loverboy song is costing U.S. employers as much as $550 billion each year in lost productivity. According to the press release:

Though this figure matches the all-time high since Gallup began tracking the U.S. working population's engagement levels in 2000, U.S. business leaders shouldn't be patting themselves on the back. An alarming 70% of American workers are not showing up to work committed to delivering their best performance, and this has serious implications for the bottom line of individual companies and the U.S. economy as a whole.

Of the 70% of American workers who are not reaching their full potential, 52% are not engaged, and another 18% are actively disengaged. These employees are emotionally disconnected from their companies and may actually be working against their employers' interests; they are less productive, are more likely to steal from their companies, negatively influence their coworkers, miss workdays, and drive customers away.

Wait a second. Employee "engagement," according to Gallup, is THE HIGHEST it's been since the year 2000? So it's been even worse in the past? And how does Gallup define "full potential," exactly? Can we really blame slow economic growth on employees who might not see any opportunities for advancement and have watched their wages grow stagnant? Does being "emotionally disconnected" necessarily mean that an employee will turn into a troublemaker? You're talking about your favorite Weezer songs on work time, therefore you might steal my stapler and sabotage the big deal. Hmm. You wanted arts and crafts. How's this for arts and crafts?

These are a few of the "Devil's advocate" type of questions that I would ask Gallup as a workplace columnist, but I'm not working as a workplace columnist right now because the entire economy is "disengaged." I am among the millions of Americans not working up to my "full potential," in part because our leaders have been "emotionally disconnected" in coming up with workable solutions to the ongoing jobs crisis. The Devil, as they say, is in the details.

But that's so much yada-yada that's neither here nor there, and you're there at work and I'm here on a quirky workplace blog. Here, read the full report. If current trends hold, we will be working for the weekend for years to come.


  1. For employees who have lost interest in work, you just need to concentrate on the daily status or alternatively time tracking can be used as to track their work for better productivity and deal their laziness.


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