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Kay41 June 30th, 2013 7:19pm

A Gallup report says only 30% of American workers are "engaged or inspired" at their job. The rest are either "not excited" or "actively disengaged." Do these stats indicate a bigger problem with American workers or with the workplace itself?

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comppete Las Vegas
07/01/13 4:19 pm

You make your situation what it is. You can chose to be happy and engaged or you can chose to be bored, angry, used and basically negative. It's Attitude not Aptitude that determines your Altitude. It is a matter of not having GOALS! Set some goals.

06/30/13 5:58 pm

I would blame port management skills. From what I have seen most managers have no clue how to effectively manage people. They act like you need to be mean to get people to do what you want, when its better to get the to respect you.

06/30/13 5:59 pm

If you treat an employee like they are important and give them compliments and small incentives for completing goals, you will have a much more engaged work force and high employee morale. This is essential to quality customer service.

tmacsurprise no pictures just numbers
06/30/13 4:25 pm

Where's my check dammit I've got beer to buy!

Squidboy Snarkapottamus
06/30/13 3:51 pm

Workers have become commodities and they know it. Unless you work for the government you're looking over your shoulder constantly. Your employer will outsource you if he could make a dime off of it, or sell the company. There is no loyalty.

ncbuc Get Over It
06/30/13 2:48 pm

Workers. Taking a job without knowing anything about the workplace at all is foolish to me. If you accept a position. good or bad. It is your own actions that decide how far you go or how fulfilling it is.

Finley Nashville, TN
06/30/13 2:38 pm

I believe it has a degree to do with such high college tuitions. Many students rack up debt and after graduation they must take any job possible to pay off that high debt. Thus, they have a low chance of taking a job they would actually desire.

Keldeo Laverre City
06/30/13 1:27 pm

Both, but it's ultimately the workers choice to engage himself.

commonsense America isnt racist
06/30/13 1:14 pm

I think people are thinking more about "work to live" rather than "live to work".

Zod Above Pugetropolis
06/30/13 12:59 pm

Workers. Not that there's something seriously wrong with them, but that they're greedy enough to have taken a job they hate over one they'd love for the bigger paycheck. I've worked with some like that, and I'll never understand it.

06/30/13 12:55 pm

My company has an annual employee survey. They calculate an engagement factor based on a number of factors. Management was disappointed by the low score. I know it cannot be compared to these results, but we were at least a lot better than 30%.

eLucidate writing
06/30/13 12:55 pm

I think that regardless, the problem boils down to the workplace. If people are changing, the workplace needs to adapt to those changes and find new ways to motivate and inspire. They can't change society, only themselves.

06/30/13 12:50 pm

Another great poll question.
I think it's a bit of both. If you are disengaged you should try find something else to do. Not every job can be exiting all the time. I've had positions where I was ready to leave for any reason. You just have to get ...

06/30/13 12:51 pm

...the best out of it. Managers/companies also are at fault. A lot can be done for little money to make employees feel valued and engaged. It will pay back many times.

true Home
06/30/13 12:44 pm

I think people could just be lazy and not want to work.

1txteacher Dickinson Gator Swamp
06/30/13 12:58 pm

I agreed. Were farmers in the 1890s engaged or did they do what had to be done because it had to? Were factory workers in the industrial revolution engaged or happy to have a job?

06/30/13 12:39 pm

Nobody has passion anymore.

Arkansas123 Neoconservative
06/30/13 12:42 pm

Everybody has "ADD" at work.

EarlyBird Portland
06/30/13 12:35 pm

I think most work environments are better than ever. I believe it says something about the workers.

DavesNotHere where am I
06/30/13 12:25 pm

Jobs are boring for most people. And now you take home less than ever, so you become disengaged. A lot if different reasons.