According to a recent study, fully 70% of the workforce are Zombies or worse. That’s right…and you might be one of them. Since finalizing their 12 survey questions in the late 1990s Gallup has surveyed*

The Workforce Zombies

25M EMPLOYEES IN
195 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AND
70 LANGUAGES

The results:
30% were Engaged employees – “they work with passion and feel a profound connection to their company. They drive innovation and move the organization forward.”
52% were Not Engaged employees – “they are essentially “checked out.” They’re sleepwalking through their workday, putting time — but not energy or passion — into their work.” I call these guys Zombies.
18% were Actively Disengaged employees – “they aren’t just unhappy at work; they’re busy acting out their unhappiness. Every day, these workers undermine what their engaged coworkers accomplish.” These are Upset Zombies.

It seems the focus of the survey was to show business leaders that ignoring the Zombies could adversely affect the life of their businesses. Gallup estimates that these actively disengaged employees cost the U.S. between $450 billion to $550 billion each year in lost productivity. “They are more likely to steal from their companies, negatively influence their coworkers, miss workdays, and drive customers away.”

Here’s the part I found most interesting. “Gallup found that managers who focus on their employees’ strengths can practically eliminate active disengagement and double the average of U.S. workers who are engaged nationwide.”

What this survey doesn’t address is the number of employees that have jobs in which they could never excel. These are people who cannot use their strengths because they are in the wrong jobs, or they may not even know their strengths.

So what’s the point?

The point is that the facts prove at least 70% of employed people are not passionate about what they do. Those facts are catastrophic for both the companies that hired them and the individuals.

Furthermore, you can’t put all the blame for all this disengagement on bad bosses, managers or companies. If you don’t know what you are passionate about and where you are gifted, it is pretty difficult for even the best manager in the world to help you.

Find your gift, play to your strengths and “ride life instead of it riding you.”

*The State of the American Workplace: Employee Engagement Insights for U.S. Business Leaders, Gallup, Inc.

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