New Report Reveals Unhappy Employees Outnumber Happy Ones

If you’re unhappy on the job, look around. You’ll see plenty of others in your situation, so says a new report released by Gallup. Apparently unhappy employees outweigh happy ones to the tune of two to one!

Gallup gathered data from 230,000 full-time and part-time workers in 142 countries. At least for the good news, we’re not alone since it’s a global trend. (Um, okay so that’s not exactly good news. At least we’re consistent with other countries!)

As per the data, 13 percent of workers felt engaged and ignited by their jobs. The not-so-good news? This means approximately 63 percent aren’t engaged. They’re mentally checked out and unhappy but not to an extreme. The remaining 24 percent of employees are “actively disengaged.” That is, unhappy and looking for the nearest exit door.

Where do you stack up among the numbers? Here are Gallup’s 12 questions. Just some food for thought…

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.

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