MrMary Responds & Deconstructs|| Most workers hate their jobs or have ‘checked out

A recent Gallup survey estimates that workers who are "actively disengaged" cost the U.S. as much as $550 billion in economic activity yearly. (Gallup )
A recent Gallup survey estimates that workers who are “actively disengaged” cost the U.S. as much as $550 billion in economic activity yearly. (Gallup )

First the News

(The highlights and underlining are my own)

Seven out of 10 workers have “checked out” at work or are “actively disengaged,” according to a recent Gallup survey.

In its ongoing survey of the American workplace, Gallup found that only 30% of workers are “were engaged, or involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their workplace.” Although that equals the high in engagement since Gallup began studying the issue in 2000, it is overshadowed by the number of workers who aren’t committed to a performing at a high level — which Gallup says costs companies money.

The poll, released last week, examined worker engagement beginning in 2010 and ending in 2012. The previous poll period covered 2008 through 2010. The survey classifies three types of employees among the 100 million people in America who hold full-time jobs. The first is actively engaged, which represents about 30 million workers. The second type of worker is “not engaged,” which accounts for 50 million. These employees are going through the motions at work.

The third type, labeled “actively disengaged,” hates going to work. These workers — about 20 million — undermine their companies with their attitude, according to the report.

“The general consciousness about the importance of employee engagement seems to have increased in the past decade,” said Jim Harter, Gallup’s chief scientist for workplace management and well-being. “But there is a gap between knowing about engagement and doing something about it in most American workplaces.”

Gallup estimates that workers who are actively disengaged cost the U.S. as much as $550 billion in economic activity yearly. The level of employee engagement over the past decade has been largely stagnant, according to researchers.

The report found that different age groups and those with higher education levels reported more discontent with their workplace. Millennials and baby boomers, for instance, are more likely to be “actively disengaged” than other age groups. Employees with college degrees are also more likely to be running on auto pilot at work.

Now some Commentary

did you notice no one asked about the happiness of the workers, their well-being. The Only thing that  matters it seems from the article is that business are looking as much as the maximal amount of $550 billion. What is the minimal amount,we do not know ? What we know is the businesses are people now. What that means is that this article presents a perfect scenario to continue on this narrative that people are lazy actually it is more that  The laziness of some people is bankrupting this great nation of ours.

Imagine that the cost of college tuition, and text books and of living in many places have risen, but the quality of life has not increased for many. Keep in mind that many people work longer hours with less vacation for lower pay. Because the recession and economy is so bad  people put up with more horrible treatment from bosses because they cannot afford to quit. The housing market boom and crash, the banks with their fraudulent practices, the war on terror that costed the nation billions per day, outsourcing – I am surprised that no one imagined that these things affect people’s personal lives and their ability to produce.

My feeling was always that happy people produce better. You want more engaged workers here is what you do:

  1. Don’t intrude on my lunch break with working lunches and meetings.  I am more than likely working over-time and will not have time to eat until I get home 12 hours after I left.
  2. Give me vacation days and sick days I can actually use. Make vacation mandatory and don’t work me to the point that I get to see my family Saturday afternoons thru to Sunday evening every week.
  3. Don’t make have to pretend that there is always something to do. I can’t grade Fridays homework Tuesday, I cannot harvest next springs crops, I cannot analyse data before it comes in. We are going to have to face the fact that there are some lulls in the work year and giving me busy work just so that we look busy is stupid.
  4. Stop nepotism -i.e having me or other people train idiots that are related to the boss only to get promoted a year later over people who have been there almost a decade.
  5. Give people a wage that makes sense, that allows them to live.
  6. Don’t fuck with my pension

But that’s the main issue

The main issue is that the public doesn’t matter. The public is needed to vote and support the wars. The public is needed to work in the factory’s and industries that support the entrenched plutocracy in this country and that is the way it has always been I feel, well that is what I see when I read American History or walk home from work and cut through the neighborhoods of the super rich.

Check this out from Noam Chomsky’s speech here which I discussed in a post here as well:

The founders of the American republic had pretty much the same view about the rabble. So they determined that “power must be in the hands of the wealth of the nation, the more responsible set of men. Those who have sympathy for property owners and their rights”, and of course for slave owners at the time. In general, men who understand that a fundamental task of government is “to protect the minority of the opulent from the majority”. Those are quotes from James Madison, the main framer – this was in the Constitutional Convention, which is much more revealing than the Federalist Papers which people read. The Federalist Papers were basically a propaganda effort to try to get the public to go along with the system. But the debates in the Constitutional Convention are much more revealing. And in fact the constitutional system was created on that basis. I don’t have time to go through it, but it basically adhered to the principle which was enunciated simply by John Jay, the president of the ­ Continental Congress, then first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and as he put it, “those who own the country ought to govern it”.

we the Public are kept in the dark about so many things. If it wasn’t for the Bradley Manning or Snowden would we know about how far reaching the surveillance efforts were in the country ? look at some dubious articles I came across today:

Department of Justice Asks Court to Grant Bush Admins Immunity for Iraq War

In a series of documents filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the Obama administration’s Department of Justice effectively asked the Court to grant immunity to former President George W. Bush, former Vice-President Richard B. Cheney, former Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, former National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz for their actions during the Iraq War.

Facebook: U.S. Wanted Data On 20,000 Of Its Users This Year

Facebook reveals that governments around the globe have made 38,000 total requests for user data in the first half of 2013, and the U.S. dwarfs the rest of the world in requests. Up to June 30, the U.S. government asked Facebook for access to accounts of between 20,000 and 21,000 users, the company said.

Exclusive: CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran

The U.S. government may be considering military action in response to chemical strikes near Damascus. But a generation ago, America’s military and intelligence communities knew about and did nothing to stop a series of nerve gas attacks far more devastating than anything Syria has seen, Foreign Policy has learned.

In 1988, during the waning days of Iraq’s war with Iran, the United States learned through satellite imagery that Iran was about to gain a major strategic advantage by exploiting a hole in Iraqi defences. U.S. intelligence officials conveyed the location of the Iranian troops to Iraq, fully aware that Hussein’s military would attack with chemical weapons, including sarin, a lethal nerve agent.

I could name a bunch of other interesting historical occurrences and what seems to me to be proof that the public is continually kept in the dark.

I think that’s it





  1. Excellent post, MrMary! I especially liked your ideas about how to improve how one’s employees feel. Another one I’d like to add is: “Be honest with your workers, and expect honesty from them.”

    I love my current job…I’ve been with this business/employer for nearly a decade, and I actually enjoy going to work 95% of the time. The only problem that I have, really, is being a manager who is asked my opinion, but then nothing is done with the information or data I give. :/


  2. Very interesting post. Plus you quoted Noah Chomsky, which mean I will admire you forever!

    But seriously, though I find that most people want to be kept in the dark. They just don’t want to be bothered. Here’s you, posting such interesting articles and nobody is commenting, even to say that you’re wrong. Sad state of affairs, methinks.


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