Hiring Wisdom: Engagement Stats Show We’re Not Getting Anywhere

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Look at the co-worker to your left. Now, to your right. At least one of them hates their job.

Maybe you do, too.

According to a recent Gallup survey of 5.4 million working adults, 52 percent say they are not engaged in their work. They limp to work, toiling without passion.

That’s half the workforce! Another 18 percent describe themselves as “actively disengaged” — disgruntled and spreading bitterness among co-workers.

This isn’t getting us anywhere

With the exception of recession periods, the majority of employees start each new year vowing to look for a new job.

Imagine a 10-person bicycle. This means three people are pedaling, five are pretending to pedal, and two are jamming the brakes.

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That’s you, corporate America.

Now scale that bike higher: 520 out of every 1,000 employees don’t care, 180 are trying to sabotage the place, and 300 are left doing their darnedest.

This was originally published on Mel Kleiman’s Humetrics blog.

Mel Kleiman, CSP, is an internationally-known authority on recruiting, selecting, and hiring hourly employees. He has been the president of Humetrics since 1976 and has over 30 years of practical experience, research, consulting and professional speaking work to his credit. Contact him at mkleiman@humetrics.com.

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