You called in sick three times in two months just because you did not want to go. During the other 37 days that you managed to make it in, your productivity was at an all-time low. In fact, you do not even care about or believe in the company’s mission or goals anymore. And that’s why you are no longer focused on your work. Instead, you spend your time patrolling other companies’ websites for better opportunities. Your goal: to find another job as quickly as possible. Well, you are not alone.
According to a new Gallup study, only 32.9 percent of American employees were engaged in their jobs in February, a slight increase from 31.7 percent in January. But, in a separate Gallup study, researchers found that over 80 percent of employees worldwide are currently disengaged at work. And the longer they have been with the company, the more unsatisfied they are and more likely to leave. The following are three ways to tell if “The Thrill is Gone” for you in the workplace.
Consistently calling in sick or taking personal days, just because you dread going to work, is a big red flag that you are actively disengaged at work. According to Gallup’s 142-country study on the State of the Global Workplace, those who are disengaged miss an average of 10.7 days of work per year. On the other hand, those who are engaged rarely miss a day. In fact, Gallup interviewed over 5,000 engaged German workers and found an average of only 3.9 work-related absences per year.
Gallup also found only one in eight employees or about 180 million workers worldwide are “psychologically committed to their jobs and likely to be making positive contributions to their organizations”. But if you have lost your passion and enthusiasm for work, you are among the 87 percent of actively disengaged global workers, according to Gallup.
If you are no longer invested in the future success of your company, you are less likely to produce your best work. According to Gallup, there is a big connection between employee engagement and business outputs, such as “turnover, profitability and productivity”.
“There’s no arguing that a highly engaged employee is a productive employee,” said Matt Straz, the founder and CEO of Namely and an Entrepreneur Media contributor. “They’re more focused on their work and more motivated to achieve their goals than their disengaged counterparts.”
In the Gallup study, researchers also found that recently hired employees are “more highly engaged than tenured employees”. And, in a 2013 Harvard Review survey of more than 500 global workers, researchers found that over 70 percent of respondents believe employee engagement is “very important to achieving overall organizational success”.
But, like you, nearly two-thirds of employees do not feel they have a strong work culture, only 21 percent feel appreciated by their company, and over 65 percent of these workers do not see strong opportunities for professional growth, says research released by TINYhr.
It may be reassuring to hear from some career development experts that “money doesn’t bring you happiness.” But the truth is that those earning more money are the happiest employees. As a matter of fact, over 35 percent of managers, executives and officers were more engaged in their jobs than any other category in 2014, with the highest increase in engagement since 2013, according to Gallup.
Those at the bottom of the barrel or those who are just starting their careers are not happy. According to Gallup, over 25 percent of Millennials are not engaged with their jobs. And the least engaged employees, says Gallup, were 23 percent of those who work in lower-paying occupations such as manufacturing, production, transportation, and the hospitality or service industries. If you, too, are stuck in a dead-end job, you are among those who are actively disengaged at work.
But, by seeking more education, training, career development, and networking opportunities, you may be able to move up the ranks and rediscover the passion that you once had for your current job. If this does not yield any returns on your investment (ROI), then you should actively search for a new company that is more willing to invest in you.