You are here

Knowing What Makes Workers Tick

Monday, February 3, 2014

Work with me here. I know we don’t have any statistics about how many people hate their jobs in T&T, but I’m betting because we like to imitate the US so much, that we comfortably fall into their statistics for job-hating individuals, relatively speaking. Rest assured, if you hate your job, you’re not alone. According to a 2013 Gallup State of the American Workplace Report, just 30 per cent of full-time workers in the US consider their work engaging or inspiring. That was reportedly up from 28 per cent in 2010.



A little more than half of workers (52 per cent) claimed to possess serious cases of Monday blues: they are present at work in body, but not spirit and they’re not particularly excited about their job. The remaining 18 per cent were said to be “actively disengaged” or, as Gallup CEO Jim Clifton put it in the report, “roam the halls spreading discontent.” Worse, Gallup reports, those actively disengaged employees cost the US up to $550 billion annually in lost productivity.



Realising this, many US companies have begun a cheery campaign of keeping workers contented. Companies target office perks. Google, which is said to have topped Fortune and the Great Place to Work Institute’s annual list of 100 Best Companies to Work For in four of the past seven years, installed a roller hockey rink, nap pods and other workerfriendly amenities at its Mountain View, California headquarters in the San Francisco bay area.


User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment writer and are not representative of Guardian Media Limited or its staff.

Guardian Media Limited accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments.

Guardian Media Limited reserves the right to remove, to edit or to censor any comments.

Any content which is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will be removed.

Before posting, please refer to the Community Standards, Terms and conditions and Privacy Policy

User profiles registered through fake social media accounts may be deleted without notice.