According to the WSJ about 8% of employees are “workplace prisoners,” a category described by consultant Aon Hewitt as people who stay at their jobs despite feeling unmotivated, disengaged and generally negative about their employers . (Full Disclosure-I’ve been saving this for a day when I want to get as far away from politics and policy as I possibly can).
We all know that every workplace has a certain number of dissatisfied employees and that’s not all together a bad thing. After all, employees leaving for greener pastures makes it easier to hire people who may be a better fit. But prisoners feel trapped. What intrigues me so much about the this report is that it tried to quantify just how pernicious an influence prisoners can have. It estimated that your longest serving best paid employees are most likely to be the ones most disengaged and least likely to leave. Specifically it reports that “Among workers with 26 years or more at their company, 17.1% are prisoners,” In contrast, your newest employees are the ones most engaged.continue reading »