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Poll: 70 Percent of Workers Hate Their Jobs or Checked Out

Gallup recently released a new poll about Americans and their jobs which stated that 70 percent of U.S. employees are either "checked out" at work or are "actively disengaged."

On the flip-side, Gallup stated that only 30 percent of employees "were engaged, or involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their workplace."

According to the Los Angeles Times, the survey polled workers from 2010 to 2012.

Gallup used three different categories: "actively engaged," "not engaged," and "actively disengaged" for 100 million American workers.

The "actively engaged" included 30 million workers, "not engaged" were 50 million and "actively disengaged" were 20 million, reported Gallup.

"The general consciousness about the importance of employee engagement seems to have increased in the past decade. But there is a gap between knowing about engagement and doing something about it in most American workplaces," stated Jim Harter of Gallup.

Gallup claims "actively disengaged" workers cost the U.S. as much as $550 billion yearly, but fails to mention that millions of American workers do not have health insurance, are underpaid and do not have paid sick time as many industrial nations instituted years ago. U.S. workers also have to deal staggering student loan debt, rising cost of living and the outsourcing of jobs.

The Gallup survey also states that Millennials, Baby Boomers and people with college degrees were more unhappy with their jobs.

Sources: Los Angeles Times and Gallup

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