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You can call it quiet resignation or any other word you like, but the bottom line is that workers in the US are not very happy. Only 32% of workers said they were “actively engaged” at work or felt passionate about their work, down from 36% in 2020, according to a Gallup report released Wednesday that averaged survey results in 2022.

Why is it important? Changing demands around remote and hybrid work and lack of contact with managers are causing people to become psychologically disengaged, and increasing numbers feel like no one cares about them.

  • Concerns about layoffs this year are making matters worse.

Go deeper. 18% of employees said they were “actively disengaged” in 2022, that is, dissatisfied and disloyal, the highest number since 2013.

  • The other half of workers are just doing the bare minimum to get by, says Jim Harter, Gallup’s chief workplace scientist.

How does it work? Gallup has been tracking what it calls “employee engagement” since 2000, using quarterly surveys of about 15,000 full- and part-time employees.

  • It asks a series of 12 questions about general job satisfaction, well-being, and other issues.
  • There were several areas where the decline in engagement was most noticeable; more employees reported that they did not know what was expected of them, did not care, did not see opportunities to learn and grow, and did not. feel connected to their employer’s ‘mission’.

State of the game. Young employees feel disconnected the most. The participation of people under 35 years of age decreased by four percentage points. while active disconnection has increased by the same amount.

  • Engagement fell across the board, whether someone worked remotely, in a hybrid arrangement, or on-site.
  • It is considerably. Workers who worked remotely but had to work onsite saw a 7-point increase in active disengagement.

1 big idea. An important step managers can take to improve engagement is to hold simple, one-on-one meetings with each direct report. A recent study found that they led to a 54% increase in engagement.

  • “It may sound simple, but there is some low-hanging fruit that gets overlooked,” Harter says.

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