85% of People Hate Their Jobs, Gallup Poll Says

September 22, 2017 at 9:03 pm

Eighty-five percent of workers worldwide admit to hating their jobs when surveyed anonymously, according to a Gallup poll released last month.

“Many people in the world hate their job and especially their boss,” the report says.

Since 2000, Gallup has polled millions of employees from nearly 200 countries around the world about their level of job “satisfaction.”

In 2013, Forbes magazine reported on the poll, saying “work is more often a source of frustration than fulfillment for nearly 90% of the world’s workers.”

The number of global employees described by Gallup as “emotionally disconnected from their workplaces” is only slightly better this year (85%) than four years ago (87%).

The rate is slightly better in some countries — like the United States, where only 70 percent of people hate their jobs — and worse in others.

In China and Japan, a staggering 94% of workers are “not engaged.” Stress, clinical burnout and subsequent suicide rates are so dire, it’s prompted the Japanese government to intervene.

The highest levels of respondents indicating “hatred” for their jobs are in the Middle East and North Africa.

Overall, Gallup found that only 15% of workers feel engaged by their jobs. According to Forbes, “engaged” means they feel a sense of “passion” for and “deep connection” to their work, spending their days “driving innovation and moving their company forward.”

62% of workers are described as “not engaged,” meaning they are “unhappy but not drastically so. In short, they’re checked out. They sleepwalk through their days, putting little energy into their work,” Forbes says.

And 23% are what Gallup calls “actively disengaged,” meaning “they pretty much hate their jobs. They act out and undermine what their coworkers accomplish.”

To determine a worker’s “engagement” level, Gallup asks participants to essentially respond “true” or “false” to the following 12 statements:

1. I know what is expected of me at work

2. I have the material and equipment I need to do my work right.

3. At work, I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day.

4. In the last seven days, I have received recognition or praise for doing good work.

5. My supervisor, or someone at work, seems to care about me as a person.

6. There is someone at work who encourages my development.

7. At work, my opinions seem to count.

8. The mission or purpose of my company makes me feel my job is important.

9. My associates or fellow employees are committed to doing quality work.

10. I have a best friend at work.

11. In the last six months, someone at work has talked to me about my progress.

12. This last year, I have had opportunities at work to learn and grow.

Note that none of the questions ask whether the employees actually likes or enjoys their jobs. They ask how well employees perform, deducing that performance somehow equals enjoyment.

According to Forbes, “the most obvious fix for unhappy workers” is communication, praise and encouragement: “Tell them what you expect of them, praise them when they do well, encourage them to move forward. Give them the tools they need and the opportunity to feel challenged.”

If you’re wondering why Fortune 500 CEOs care about worldwide job satisfaction, its not because they truly care. It’s because they know unhappy workers are unproductive workers.

According to Gallup, who advises these companies, we are in the middle of a Worldwide Employee Engagement Crisis.

I hate to break it to stockholders, but job dissatisfaction rates have remained virtually since Gallup started measuring them, and as Gallup advisors admit, there’s little that can be done to change that.

No amount of perks and incentives are going to make people genuinely excited about work that could be done by robots. The carrot might be more effective than the stick at increasing productivity, but people can only be manipulated for so long before they realize their slavish jobs and the garbage they are producing for spoiled consumers is all meaningless.

Time to consume less, procreate less and live more!