A recently released Gallup workplace study found that, as of the end of 2012, only 30 percent of U.S. workers were “engaged,” defined as employees involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work, and who contribute positively to their organization. Gallup also reported that 52 percent of U.S. workers were not engaged and another 18 percent were actively disengaged.
The polling firm estimates that actively disengaged employees cost $450 billion to $550 billion each year in lost U.S. productivity. They are more likely to steal from their companies, negatively influence co-workers, be absent and drive away customers.
What to do? Gallup business experts said companies can head off engagement issues by hiring carefully, by giving employees assignments that play to their strengths and by investing in employees’ well-being, which carries the added benefit of reducing health-related costs.
By the Numbers
>Most Engaged Workers
34%: South Dakota, Georgia, Arkansas and South Carolina
33%: Texas, Nevada, Wyoming, Alabama, North Dakota and Florida
>Most Disengaged Workers
21%: Rhode Island
20%: New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan, Vermont, Kentucky and Illinois
>Telecommuting can be a boon for your business, a Gallup study finds.
46 hours remote workers log weekly
42 hours on-site workers log weekly