Okay, here is a few numbers that may stimulate your thought process about how to spend time working and finding ways to reduce the stifling problems we face due to the gap between what we earn as average Americans compared to the top American income earners . But let me drop this on you. According to the University of California at Berkeley the income of the top ten percent in America is almost 9.2 times greater than the bottom ninety percent (source: https://eml.berkeley.edu/~saez/saez-UStopincomes-2015.pdf). While that may be disappointing, it is important to remember, there is a way to decrease this huge disparity.
The start is to find your life’s work and figuring out what inspires you to work like a demon and still bring you boatloads of joy and satisfaction.
New Gallup Poll Shows 70 Percent of Americans Are Disengaged From Their Jobs
A recent Gallup poll found that 70 percent of American workers are disengaged from their jobs. Of the 100 million people who hold jobs in America, the survey found that 30 million are actively engaged, 50 million are not engaged and 20 million are actively disengaged. (source: http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-employee-engagement-gallup-poll-20130617,0,5878658.story)
The consequences are many, but Gallup estimates that actively disengaged employees cost the U.S. as much as $550 billion in economic activity each year. The public also suffers immensely as this disengagement will undoubtedly rub off on poor customer service and issues of quality control.
The average person finds a job or career they can tolerate and sticks with it for years while dreaming of retirement. In recent years people have held multiple jobs with different companies and even changed occupations, but the mindset of the masses hasn’t changed. As this Gallup poll proves, the majority of people drag themselves to a job they don’t like while simultaneously worrying about getting fired.
They don’t do this because they’re stupid. They do it because the need the money and they’ve been trained in school and conditioned by society to live in a linear thinking world that equates earning money with physical or mental effort.
Here’s my critical thinking question to disengaged employees: why don’t to get out of that job to hate so much and do something to love?
So, Who is Happy in Their Work?
So, if 70 percent of Americans are not happy in their jobs, what are the other 30 percent doing for work? An admittedly oversimplified analysis is that they are working for themselves.
Nearly 15 million Americans are self-employed. A Pew Research Center report last year found that 14.6 million people, or about 10 percent of the active workforce in 2014, were self-employed. Those self-employed people had an additional 29.4 million people working for them; together, they accounted for 44 million jobs, or 30% of the national workforce. (source: http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2015/10/22/three-in-ten-u-s-jobs-are-held-by-the-self-employed-and-the-workers-they-hire/.)
I realize this maybe an over simplification of who is happy with their work in America, but it is something to think about.
Let’s Clarify This Idea
Look at some of the wealthiest people, for example. They have retrained themselves to operate in a non-linear consciousness where anything is possible. The greatest example of this non-linear concept is the idea that passion is the real secret of improving your current economic condition. It’s a cause and effect relationship between effort and passion, but while most people see passion as the effect, the great ones see it as the cause. In other words, the average person goes to work every day and hopes to find passion in his efforts. The rich go to work every day feeling passion for what they do, and their passion fuels their efforts.
This is not a semantic argument; it’s a personal philosophy and strategy that serves as the foundation for every great fortune ever earned. There’s been an attempt to bring this mindset to the masses by espousing the world-class philosophy of ‘do what to love and the money will follow.’ The sad truth is only a small percentage of the population will ever adopt this policy. Years of fear and scarcity programming and daily reinforcement of a lack and limitation mentality will prevent most people from ever entering the world of the wealthy.
The first world-class belief about wealth you must adopt is that it’s possible to do what to love and improve your economic condition doing it. Once this belief is established, anything is possible because you are now cognitively cohabiting with the wealthy in a state of consciousness that masses don’t even know exists.
The bottom line: if you’re disengaged from your job, only to can change your current situation. The man on the white horse isn’t going to come riding in singing “here I come to save the day.” Start by identifying your natural talents, abilities and interests; develop them; and use them to solve problems that people are willing to pay to for. It’s the way self-made millionaires do it, and it’s a much better alternative to being miserable for the rest of your life.
Employers Aren’t Necessarily Bad. It’s Just that They Have Found Their Passion And It’s Not You!
Look, not all employers are bad. However, they are not all good either. They are focused on their prize and part of the nature of our work philosophy in this country is that employees are just a means to that end. However, to be fair, let’s consider characteristics of a good employer. Here are some items that were published in the Texas newspaper:
1. Positive Company Culture
Positive company culture is one reason people like to work for an employer. Culture is created by various efforts, such as forming a vision for what the company does and fostering an atmosphere in which people are proud to represent the company.
2. Supportive Management
If other employees love working for a company, that’s more likely to make to want to work for the company as well. Listen closely to people when they describe how they feel about going to work every day. If to notice that an employee speaks highly of their supervisor and says the management team is well-trained and supportive in general, this is an example of an employer for which to might want to work.
3. Opportunity For Career Advancement
If to hear that employees are promoted from within, this is a solid example of why it would be good to work for a company. While it’s not wise to judge on one or two incidences, if to can tell that a company focuses on developing their employees, this is advantageous for your career.
4. Exceptional Compensation and Benefits
Being paid well is a good example of why to would want to work for an employer. On top of that, the fringe benefits of working for a company sweetens the pot. Additional paid time off or more vacation time than usual are benefits that go beyond pay. In addition, if an employer offers wellness services such as health screenings and counseling services, this is another example of a good employer. Flex time on the job is also a benefit that makes the company an inviting place at which to work. Flex time generally means having the ability to choose the time to start and finish your day within the company’s working hours.
Well, there to have it. Here are the takeaways of this post:
1. Most employees are not happy in their jobs.
2. Based on the thinking of those who are economically successful, finding passion in your work is the way to improve your economic condition.
3. Not all employers are good and not all employers are bad, but you owe to yourself to evaluate your employer against criteria that defines a good employer.
4. If to are currently disengaged form your job, only you can change the current situation.
I’m not suggesting to mindlessly make a change in your current employment situation. In fact, in a subsequent post, I will express my belief that it is important that your build a bridge, or keep to current job until you are certain of what to want to achieve. But, if to want to begin seeking options look at out web-site dcrerevenuestrategies.com and let’s begin.