There is an epidemic of disengagement that plagues the modern workplace and it's making us sick.
One-third of our life is spent at work. That’s 90,000 hours of life.
According to data in Happiness at Work, we will all spend an average of 90,000 hours on the job. There are very few activities that humans dedicate more time doing, than work. It's not surprising, therefore, that work has become the touchstone for life's meaning.
85% of adults worldwide are disengaged at work.
Gallup’s ‘State of the Global Workforce’ report found that, globally, just 15%, or slightly over a sixth, of global workers were actively engaged in their jobs. Two-thirds are not engaged, and 18% are actively disengaged. These figures vary across countries and regions, but the quantity of people engaged at work never exceeds 40%. The fact is, the overwhelming majority of people on this planet are not engaged at work.
Disengaged workers are twice as likely to experience mental health issues.
Disengaged workers are nearly twice as likely as engaged workers to have been diagnosed with depression. Engaged workers are also less likely to have been diagnosed with high blood pressure . Other studies have found that at work, disengaged workers tend to have higher stress and cortisol (the stress hormone) levels, while engaged workers tend to have lower cortisol levels.
According to a study conducted by Ohio University, job satisfaction is a major contributor to overall health. The University of Manchester have also found that having a bad job can actually be worse for your health than being unemployed. Job stress puts many of us at risk of developing a mental health issue and figures suggest almost half of us feel our workplace is mentally unhealthy.