Lynchburg, VA - According to a new Gallup survey, most Americans do not love what they do for a living.In fact, 70% say they are actively disengaged at work. Some businesses are losing money because of it.
According to the survey, unhappy workers cost the U.S. roughly $500 billion a year. The cost is a result of a loss in productivity, stolen office supplies, and missed days at work.
According to the survey there are 3 types of workers:
1) The engaged worker- who's excited about their job.2) The not engaged-who just gets the job done.3) And the actively disengaged- the ones who make sure everyone else knows how unhappy they are at work.
The people we met claim to love their job.
"I'm a good worker," said Jake Seaman, he used to work as a cashier."Oh I love my job," said Evonne Wright, she worked at McDonalds for 26 years.
Many know plenty of people who don't like their jobs, though.
"You you can tell when you go to certain places of business. Some people treat you bad. You know, they'll hurry you up and get you out the door," said Wright.
"I've seen people ringing up groceries and the customer is trying to have a conversation and they look like. 'I don't want talk to you right now', said Seaman.
Doctor Robert Shaw is a professional counselor at Light Counseling.
"Be passionate about what you do," said Shaw.
Shaw has seen quite a few people who aren't happy at work.
"A lot of folks are looking for a job and not a career, Shaw added."
Shaw says the key to enjoying your work, is pursuing something you want to do, and not just doing what you have to do."If the motivation is only a paycheck. They may not like what they do and they may not be easy to get along with, " said Shaw.
"If you aren't a people person don't work in the front, work in the back. You don't have to have social skills when you work in the back," said Seaman.
For managers, the survey says employees need to know they have room to grow and move up at work, that their opinions count, and to build on their individual strengths instead trying to strengthen their weakness.