(We can’t get no) Satisfaction

Gallup just came out with their State of the Global Workplace report and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Or disappointed.

I’m thrilled about the report. This sort of stuff gets me jazzed up. I’m disappointed about the results. Here are my five biggest takeaways from the executive summary:

1- The global percentage of engaged employees at work (defined as highly enthusiastic and involved) is an abysmal 15%.

2- Only “32% of working age adults across 155 countries are employed full-time.” Half of me is surprised, the other half of me can justify it.

3- An “employee-centered focus” improves business performance. If you didn’t already know this, you’re about ten years late to the game. (Don’t worry, there’s still time to adjust.)

4- World GDP growth has slowed to less than 3% since 2012 (but at least it’s still growing).

5- USA employees strongly agree that they have the largest opportunity to do what they do best at work every day and yet only 31% of them are engaged at work. Where’s the disconnect?

I’m frustrated that less than 1 in 5 people are fulfilled at work. Productivity in the workplace is low. Employees go home frustrated and exhausted. They bring that stress home to their husbands, wives, kids, boyfriends, girlfriends, etc. It’s a never-ending downward spiral. We are living in a time where people are not empowered or invested in and all I know is that things need to change.

I’m planning on getting the full 215-page report when it comes out 11/27/2017 and will probably have a few more words upon finishing that.

Until next time,


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