Grim leadership: not few Belarusians disgusted at their jobs

Belarus is keeping ahead of CIS countries in low workplace engagement: every third citizen are “actively disengaged” at their work, Gallup’s recent study states.

For the current workplace study, employee engagement results were collected among 73,752 respondents 18 and older in 141 countries via the Gallup World Poll, and 151,335 U.S. respondents using the Gallup Daily tracking survey. Employee engagement questions were asked only of those respondents who indicated they were employed for an employer, either full-time or part-time. Country-level results are weighted by population size to arrive at regional and global aggregates. For results based on the total global sample, one can say with 95% confidence that the margin of sampling error is less than ± 1 percentage point.

Only 9 % of Belarusians turn out to be engaged; 58 % are not engaged and as much as 33 % practically hate their jobs. Azerbaijani people are hot on our heels: 32 % were outspoken about their hatred for the works being performed while 63 % admitted their non-engagement.

There are less real job-haters in our neighbouring countries in the West, but the number of the discontented is highly competitive with ours: Poland, Latvia and Lithuania can boast of respectively 17, 13 and 10 % of people who are satisfied with their jobs; 68, 72 and 62% of citizens are not engaged. 15 % of Latvians and Poles detest their occupations while a number of Lithuanians having a dislike for their jobs reached 28 %.

Only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at work, according to this 142-country study on the State of the Global Workplace. In other words, about one in eight workers — roughly 180 million employees in the countries studied — are psychologically committed to their jobs and likely to be making positive contributions to their organizations.

The bulk of employees worldwide — 63% — are “not engaged,” meaning they lack motivation and are less likely to invest discretionary effort in organizational goals or outcomes. And 24% are “actively disengaged,” indicating they are unhappy and unproductive at work and liable to spread negativity to coworkers. In rough numbers, this translates into 900 million not engaged and 340 million actively disengaged workers around the globe.

The highest proportions of actively disengaged workers are found in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and sub-Saharan Africa regions, at 35% and 33%, respectively.

It is interesting that Panama showed the highest rate of ‘engaged’ workers (37%) topping the list of countries. For example, the number of Americans pleased with their jobs equals 30 %, the study says.

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