Irish workers can`t be arsed

Two reports today on work, the CSO Business Report for 2011 and an Harvard Business Review on engagement, based on a Gallop poll.

http://www.cso.ie/en/media/csoie/releasespublications/documents/multisectoral/2011/businessinireland2011.pdf

http://hbr.org/web/2013/11/workplace-engagement-around-the-world

Where are Irish people in paid employment? In the Services sector or the Distribution sector. Only 16.6% of workers are in Industry.

Services is a broad category, including people working in transportation, accommodation and food, publishing, telecommunications, legal and accounting activities and scientific research. The Distribution sector refers to those working in retail and wholesale activity in including the sale of motor vehicles) accounted for 22.7% of total enterprises and 26.7% of persons engaged.

The CSO uses the phrase "persons engaged" rather than "people working" which is kinda funny in light of the Harvard Business Report. They find that most people aren't engaged in their work. In Ireland, 65% of respondents aren't engaged.

The Gallup definitions are;

“Engaged employees work with passion and feel a profound connection to their company. They drive innovation and move the organization forward.”

“Not engaged employees are essentially checked out. They’re sleepwalking through their workday putting time — but not energy or passion — into their work.”

“Actively disengaged employees aren’t just unhappy at work; they’re busy acting out their unhappiness. Every day, these workers undermine what their engaged coworkers accomplish.”

These are the questions statements that people were asked to respond to. How would you measure up?

I know what is expected of me at work.
I have the materials and equipment i need to do my work right.
At work, i have the opportunity to do what I do best every day.
In the last seven days, I have received recognition or praise
for doing good work.
My supervisor, or someone at work, seems to care about me as a person.
there is someone at work who encourages my development.
At work, my opinions seem to count.
The mission or purpose of my company makes me feel my job is important.
my associates or fellow employees are committed to doing quality work.
I have a best friend at work.
In the last six months, someone at work has talked to me about my progress.
This last year, I have had opportunities at work to learn and grow.

These are interesting results, especially in terms of discussions within sociological literature on the creation of organisational cultures of commitment. Clearly most workers aren`t drinking the Kool Aid ...

Have a good weekend y`all

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