Wednesday, August 10, 2005

And the other 45 percent are golfing

If you're reading this in Chicago, alternate headline = "And the other 45 percent are at Wrigley. "
"We know that 55 percent of all U.S. employees are not engaged at work. They are basically in a holding pattern. They feel like their capabilities aren't being tapped into and utilized and therefore, they really don't have a psychological connection to the organization," said Curt W. Coffman, global practice leader at the GallupOrganization, whose large polling group measured employee engagement.

They interview Bruce Bartlett, assistant secretary for economic policy at the U.S. Treasury under George H.W. Bush, who admits that he went to movies when he was supposed to be working, and even says that he met another senior official doing the same thing one day.

Bartlett's problem was that he was deputy assistant secretary for economic policy when the president "just didn't care about economic policy, only foreign policy. . . . Because the White House didn't want to do anything, there wasn't anything we could do," he said.

Me-ow. WaPo sneaks in a little snap!
That problem -- a lack of autonomy and a job that has very specific instructions -- hits workers from the highest to lowest echelons of the working world. Many spend their days surfing the Internet, writing e-mails or taking care of personal business.
Or posting to their blogs.

1 comment:

Vertabrett said...

Or posting to their blogs.

Stop it. You're killing me.