According to the authors of this article, Americans of all ages and income groups are increasingly unhappy with their jobs and work environments. This is surprising in a downturn economy when you would normally expect people to be thrilled to have a job. Gallup estimates the cost of America’s disengagement crisis at a staggering $300 billion in lost productivity annually. Unhappy employees mean less productivity and a declining bottom line. This can greatly affect a company’s survival during a recession. The duo researched the, “micro-level causes behind this macro-level problem”. Their analysis revealed sobering results. One-third of the workers were unhappy, unmotivated or both.
Their research proved that inner work life has a profound impact on workers’ creativity, productivity, commitment and collegiality. Employees are far more likely to have new ideas on days when they feel happier. The authors suggest that managers—from CEOs to small-team leaders—should play a more instrumental role in ensuring that people are happily engaged at work by removing obstacles, providing help and acknowledging strong effort. These small, inexpensive leadership changes could help end the disengagement crisis and, in the process, lift our work force’s wellbeing and our economy’s productivity.