A recent Gallup study shows some staggering numbers regarding workplace engagement and happiness. The latest figures indicate that 70 percent of Americans feel disengaged in their jobs. Meaning they’re checked out, sleepwalking through the day, or worse, just passing time. If that wasn’t bad enough, of those 70 percent, 18 percent are ‘actively disengaged’, meaning they are miserable at work and actively undermining coworkers and sabotaging projects. Gallup estimates that ‘disengaged’ employees cost American businesses a whopping 450 to 550 billion dollars!
The numbers don’t exactly put you in a great mood. In fact, they should cause you to sit up and ask yourself a few questions…
- Are my employees happy and engaged?
- What can I do to further engage my teams?
- What steps can I take to improve workplace happiness?
- Is my company culture advocating creativity, passion and purpose?
- Is my workplace environment designed to fulfill my team’s needs?