An article in Bloomberg Businessweek discusses the happiness of different countries following a study which asked about different measures of satisfaction. Whilst the countries which were happy and sad was interesting, most interesting to me was that the global average for people being engaged at their jobs is 11%.
Really? 11%? If that is true (and I haven’t seen the original research), that’s horrifying. The meme of the last 10 years has been ‘follow your passion’. Is no-one doing that? And even if they’re not – and I don’t believe everyone can – are they not at least finding some satisfaction in a job well done?
Are they not getting enough feedback to know how well they’re doing? Are they not get coaching to increase their skills? Are they not developing relationships at work? Are they not being delegate to stretch them? Apparently not. Manager Tools and Career Tools has more to do than we ever knew.