A recent poll indicated that at least half of the workforce in the United States is emotionally disconnected from their employment and is putting in the absolute minimal amount of effort.
According to the findings of a poll conducted by Gallup, employee engagement has seen a significant decline since the year 2020 and is at its lowest level in nearly a decade. The poll found that only 32% of employees reported being engaged at their jobs, while 18% of employees were actively disengaged. The findings are consistent with a pattern that has been observed on the internet, known as "silent quitting," which refers to doing the bare minimum required at work rather than going above and beyond.
Actively disengaged employees are more likely to experience a lot of anger, physical pain, and stress than the unemployed. A great job (receiving a paycheck and being engaged at work) nearly halves the likelihood of intense feelings of sadness, anger, and stress. pic.twitter.com/2uATM8sBr3
— Jon Clifton (@JonCliftonDC) September 7, 2022
The trend was more pronounced among younger workers: according to the poll, workers under the age of 35 experienced a six point increase in disengagement from 2019 to 2022, along with a ten point drop in reporting that someone at work cares about them or encourages their development. Both of these trends are expected to continue.
The tendency appears to be driven, at least in part, by changes to the work environment that have occurred since the onset of COVID-19, and a decline in participation among remote workers has corresponded with the growth of widespread remote work. Young people who worked remotely were particularly disengaged, with fewer than four in ten young people indicating that they had a clear concept of what was expected of them at work and a 12 point decline in strong agreement that someone at work cared about them.
According to Gallup's research, employee engagement started to suffer about the middle of the year 2021, which coincided with an uptick in the number of resignations. This tendency was especially prevalent among managers. The majority of employees who were not involved in their work or were disengaged were already seeking for other employment.
The study conducted in June questioned 15,091 full-time and part-time adult workers.
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on DAILY CALLER.