Job Misery Epidemic

I consider myself an expert on teams.  Not because I am smart!  Because I have been a part of a high performing team for the past 15 years.  This has been one of the most exciting things I have ever done.  As my journey achieved success, I have also experienced some very dark days.  I discovered much about myself and the other members of this leadership team.  I have studied , read and experimented with the components of a high performing team.  I feel I have uncovered the DNA of the workplace.  My journey has me deeply embedded in “breaking the DNA Code of the Marketplace” just as Francis Collins led the way in breaking the DNA Code of the human body.

The DNA of the Marketplace is very complex.  As leaders, we have tried our best to create an unstable work environment for the past 30 years through a series of bad decisions.  The current state of the Marketplace is the result of our greed.  The world Marketplace has followed us into this state of emergency.  Where have we gone wrong?  RELATIONSHIPS!  We have continued to stress the importance of performance above the balance of results and relationships.  If a little success in results is good then allot is better.  The only bad thing about this position is something has to give.  Thus the decline of relationships.  How bad is it?  Here is some information from some top Marketplace trend measuring organizations.

Job Misery Epidemic:

~ A Gallup poll found that about 77% of Americans hate their jobs.

Entrepreneurial Connection

~Americans hate their jobs more than ever before in the past 20 years, with fewer than half saying they are satisfied. MSNBC.com

~Some surveys have found that 87% of Americans don’t like their jobs. Forbes.com

~Americans are growing increasingly unhappy with their jobs.

The Conference Board

~ The Herman Group Found that at least 30% to as much as 40% have already “checked-out” – showing up for work every day, but focusing on where their next job will be. The Herman Group

Cost of Job Misery:

~Job dissatisfaction causes absenteeism and employee turnover. It also contributes to the loss of creativity and productivity. Entrepreneurial Connection

~The Gallup organization estimates employees suffer more than $360 billion dollars annually in lost productivity. Gallup

Ending Job Misery:

~ According to The Ken Blanchard Companies 25 years of studying employee motivation, the number one factor influencing job satisfaction is “The Relationship that an employee has with his or her direct supervisor.” The Ken Blanchard Companies – August 2004

~ According to Gallup, the number one reason people leave their jobs or report unhappiness in their jobs is not money or working conditions, it is the relationship with their boss. Gallup Organization

Don’t give up!  There is some help on the way.  I will give you some Marketplace DNA breakthroughs in my next post.