Workers “not fully engaged” in their work, study shows

Nearly two-thirds of U.S. workers are “not fully engaged in their work” and are” struggling to cope with work situations that don’t provide sufficient support,” a new study by Towers Watson, a professional services company has found.

The reports says workers are having a hard time finding the kind of positive connection to their companies that yields consistent productivity.

The reason: “almost a decade of pressure to do more with less and respond to the challenges of global competition, ever-evolving technology and the ongoing need for strict cost management.”

Well, that about sums it up.

Employers ultimately pay the price.

“It makes companies more vulnerable to lower productivity, higher inefficiency, weaker customer service, and greater rates of absenteeism and turnover,” said Julie Gebauer, of Towers Watson.

12 comments Add your comment


July 13th, 2012
10:02 am

Don’t forget stagnant pay, the constant threat of being laid off and little to no appreciation. That combination doesn’t make many very excited to go above and beyond.


July 13th, 2012
10:26 am

why are these workers complaining? Don’t they understand how capitalism and free markets work?

Someone has to be the pawn/slave to allow the 1% to maintain their high standard of living.

You want a connection to work? Huh. say What? You must be friggin kidding me. It’s work dude it’s not supposed to be fun nor do we want you to make an impact on the world.

No one put a gun to their head to work. They need to stop b*tching and get on with work.

I have other workers eager to take their place if they step out of line.

Y’all better not step out of line or I’ll crack that whip, you here me. Now get back to your desk and get to work.


July 13th, 2012
10:50 am

Julie Gebauer probably doesn’t realize how really true her words are.I lived this nightmare and I know.I watched a great workplace be destroyed by some very strange management practices.Sadly, it was all over before anyone realized it.


July 13th, 2012
10:57 am

The thing that wears me down is never getting a word of encouragement, thanks, or just a pat on the back. Having to baby sit and spoon feed upper tier workers that make twice my pay. And the whole thing of the reward for doing a good job is more work, and there is no penalty for screwing up when you’re a manager.


July 13th, 2012
12:16 pm

my boss is a jerk and I make chump change—why work hard???


July 13th, 2012
1:20 pm

If you’re miserable in your job and just going through the motions you’re just wasting your life, and your indifferent, resentful attitude is probably affecting people who have to deal with you. Do whatever it takes – different job, more education – to find work that is meaningful and fulfilling.

interested observer

July 13th, 2012
3:21 pm

Small wonder. Employers are taking advantage of the weak job market to further shaft their employees. Fewer people are doing more work, pay is stagnant as prices go up, and too many corporations have zero regard for the welfare of their employees.

Companies demand loyalty from employees, but exhibit no loyalty toward employees, and it does not help that all of the political power is vested in corporations whose interest is in profit alone. Managers know employees have no recourse but to put up with whatever the company wishes to deal out.

Sadly, all it would take to greatly improve morale at most companies is for management to show a little sympathy, compassion and humanity. Unfortunately, those qualities have long since departed.


July 13th, 2012
10:08 pm

That’s funny. You pay me low wages, you ask me to go above and beyond, you barely provide health coverage, you give little vacation time and sometimes you don’t want to give that paid and you don’t support my retirement… Yet you want me to work for you like it’s my company and deliver loyalty to you when I know you could easily decide to get rid of me and my position with or with out cause…
This is America guys… This is what it’s come to.


July 14th, 2012
8:09 pm

the company I work for treats employees like dirt and just cut our pay and benefits. No one feels like working hard anymore and just shows up and does the minimum.


July 16th, 2012
10:01 am

Maybe one or two real emoloyees here. Most of of these comments are just astroturf from the dissaffected ideologues who hate work anyway.


July 18th, 2012
1:42 pm

I was given a load of new assignments, basically doing the work of 3 positions. When I tried to negotiate a pay increase the president told my manager “no, what’s he gonna do, where’s he gonna go?”. I was good enough to be trusted with the responsibility but not the compensation. You think I gave those people my best after that? Spent every free moment looking for a new job.

Union needed

July 18th, 2012
9:04 pm

Well go to the bank that sound like you are entering quick trip and ask their employees the truth behind those smiles. They are being abused and mistreat but won’t say anything because they need their jobs. Upper management has stopped all internal promotions for managers because as they state. ” we don’t believe we have the right people for the next level of management. They are constantly threatened and trust me the managers are treated like slaves. Now welcome to this……