Why 77% of Americans are Job Haters...and Four Steps toward Making Work Work

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Making Work Work: A Leader's Guide to Creating an Extraordinary Organization Hunter Alliance Press, 2004, ISBN: 0-9745111-0-2, $19.95; Thpalliance.com

What to do with a 'lousy' boss (Or what to do if you are one)

Only 6 percent of Americans say they love their jobs. Anywhere from 50 to 90 percent say they are job haters, depending on the survey. According to a Gallup Poll, with similar findings reported by Entrepreneur Magazine, approximately 77 percent of Americans hate their jobs.

This reality costs American companies over $300 billion annually in stress related claims. And this doesn’t even consider the costs in terms of absenteeism, turnover, and the loss of creativity and productivity. “When you add it all up, the cost is in the trillions,” says business consultant Scott Hunter, author of Making Work Work.

Consulting with organizations for over two decades, Hunter has seen firsthand how personality conflicts, power struggles, people not feeling appreciated or understood, employee turnover, ineffective sales, and breakdowns in customer service negatively impact a company’s bottom line. These problems rob people of the aliveness they want at work.

To inject satisfaction and fulfillment back into the American workforce, Hunter reveals the top four workplace complaints and how to overcome them:

1. “My boss doesn’t recognize, respect, or reward my efforts.”

Solution: What employees want most is recognition, inclusion, and acknowledgement. When workers feel appreciated, productivity soars.

2. “Why do people spend so much time gossiping and talking behind each other’s backs?”

Solution: Learn to be open and honest with your communication, and remind others to do the same.

3. “All the company cares about is the money.”

Solution: If companies are to fulfill their profit potential, they need to focus first on the business environment. The money will follow.

4. “I hate it when the higher-ups make major policy changes, never considering how they will impact us, the people who get the work done.”

Solution: Give employees an opportunity to participate in major decisions. The time necessary to do this will be richly rewarded. By taking these four steps and others to solve these common problems, you will notice a change within your organization, the people you work with...even yourself.

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