NEW YORK – Rhode Island has the highest percentage of “actively disengaged” workers in the United States, according to a report from Gallup.
Gallup’s State of the American Workplace 2010-2012 report, released earlier this month, described 21 percent of all Rhode Island workers as “actively disengaged”
Nationally, 18 percent of employees were described as actively disengaged.
Adding to Rhode Island’s high level of actively disengaged workers, only 27.7 percent of Rhode Islanders described themselves as “engaged,” the sixth lowest in the nation behind: Illinois (27.7 percent), New Hampshire (27.5 percent), Delaware (27.4 percent), Vermont (26.9 percent) and Minnesota (25.7 percent).
Furthermore, the report said that Rhode Island was the only state where less than 80 percent of workers indicated that they used their strengths at work.
Rhode Island was not, however, the only New England state where employees hate to go to work. Vermont ranked No. 6 for its high level of actively disengaged workers at 19.7 percent and Connecticut came right behind Rhode Island at No. 2 with 20.2 percent of workers describing themselves as “actively disengaged.”
The Gallup report estimated that actively disengaged employees cost the U.S. economy $450 billion to $550 billion in lost productivity per year.
“This is troubling as American business attempts to recover ground lost during the financial crisis and reach prerecession levels of prosperity,” said the report.