CSB
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES FOR THE COMMON GOOD
NEWS  |  Careers

More Than Half of Aussie Workers Not Engaged in Job – Study


Monday, 14th October 2013 at 9:04 am
Staff Reporter, Journalist
Sixty per cent of Australian workers are not engaged in their jobs, according to a recent study.

Monday, 14th October 2013
at 9:04 am
Staff Reporter, Journalist


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
More Than Half of Aussie Workers Not Engaged in Job – Study
Monday, 14th October 2013 at 9:04 am

Sixty per cent of Australian workers are not engaged in their jobs, according to a recent study.

The study called the State of the Global Workplace, by global analytics site Gallup, looked at employee engagement in 142 countries.

According to the study, in Australia 24 per cent of employees are engaged in their jobs “that is, they are emotionally invested in and focused on creating value for their organizations every day”.

It showed 60 per cent were not engaged and 16 per cent were actively disengaged, or those who are negative and potentially hostile to their organisations.

“The resulting ratio of engaged to actively disengaged employees — 1.5-to-1 — is one of the highest among all global regions and similar to results from the U.S. and Canada (1.6-to-1),” the study said.

“The two countries [Australia and New Zealand] show similar engagement results. In both, slightly less than one-fourth of the employed population is engaged, while the majority of workers fall into the not engaged category.

“Thus, workplaces in both countries have an opportunity to move large numbers of these workers who currently lack motivation or emotional investment in their jobs into the engaged category, helping organizations realize related improvements in performance outcomes.

“The engagement rate in Australia and New Zealand is somewhat higher among those few employees (4% of those interviewed) with an elementary education or less than among those with higher levels of education.

“Similarly, the job types in which employees are most likely to be engaged tend to be those that do not typically require high levels of education, including farmers, installation/repair workers, and service workers.”

The study also showed that in Australia and New Zealand, only 19 per cent of employees in leadership positions, such as roles as managers, executive and officers, were engaged in their jobs.

“Low engagement among managers is a particularly troubling sign for businesses and organizations, as Gallup has consistently found that they play the most significant role in influencing engagement among workers who report to them,” the study said.

The study also revealed that in most developed countries, unemployment and underemployment have been at elevated levels since the onset of the global recession in 2007.

“One consequence of the recession could be that those with more education are struggling to find jobs that align with their education level, leading them to feel that they are not doing what they do best every day,” the study said.

The study named Northern America (the US and Canada) as having the highest proportion of engaged workers at 29 per cent, while East Asia (which includes China and South Korea) had the lowest at 6 per cent.


Staff Reporter  |  Journalist  |  @ProBonoNews



Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers?

Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au


YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Australia Rates Third in World Giving Index

Lina Caneva

Wednesday, 26th October 2016 at 10:11 am

Fulbright Seeks NFP Leaders for Exchange Opportunities in US

Staff Reporter

Tuesday, 14th June 2016 at 10:10 am

Aus Religious Leaders in Global Call on Climate Change

Eisha Gupta 

Tuesday, 19th April 2016 at 10:40 am

POPULAR

Housing the Other 94% of NDIS Recipients

Luke Michael

Monday, 23rd April 2018 at 1:02 pm

NDIS Urged to Implement Portable Training System for Workers

Luke Michael

Tuesday, 17th April 2018 at 8:31 am

Disability Advocates Slam Plans to Outsource NDIA Services

Luke Michael

Tuesday, 24th April 2018 at 5:52 pm

Communication is Key for Shared Value

Wendy Williams

Wednesday, 18th April 2018 at 4:45 pm

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Salary Survey 2018
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

The social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!