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Gallup Global Survey Finds 77% Disengaged From Their Work, 58% Struggling, and 41% Stressed.

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Date: Thursday, 13 June 2024

Gallup Global Survey Finds 77% Disengaged From Their Work, 58% Struggling, and 41% Stressed.

Eric Zuesse (blogs at

On June 12th, Gallup published its 2024 edition of their “State of the Global Workplace: The Voice of the World’s Employees.”

Headlining “5. What Is the Landscape of the World's Workplace?” their more than 140-nation-surveys report that, to the question “Did you experience the following feelings A LOT OF THE DAY yesterday? How about stress?”, 41% of respondents said Yes.

Gallup’s figures for “Struggling” and for “Engaged in their work” were each calculated from the respondent’s answers to a group of questions, instead of to one question. “Struggling” was defined by Gallup as respondents who were neither “Thriving” nor “Suffering.”

The 77% who were “Disengaged” consists of 62% who were “Not Engaged” and 15% who were “Actively Disengaged.” The “Actively Disengaged” were “workers who actively oppose their employer’s goals.” The merely “Not Engaged” did not. 

An interesting finding about “stress” was that managers report themselves to experience stress much more than their workers report themselves to experience stress. Apparently, managerial jobs are exceptionally stressful. Perhaps that’s because a manager stands between the executives, the company’s officers who represent the owners; versus the workers; so that the manager gets the resentment from the workers if the workers don’t like the policies that the company’s owners require their executives (or “officers”) to require their managers to enforce upon the workers. The resentment goes upward, to the level only immediately above one’s own; and, so, managers experience it the most, and are thus the most stressed. It’s natural because the owners want the most production at the lowest cost to themselves, whereas their employees want the most pay at the lowest cost to themselves. This tension causes that stress.

Much more is shown in Gallup’s full “State of the Global Workplace: 2024 Report”, such as: 

In what Gallup calls the “East Asia” region, Mongolia had a very high “Engagement” percentage: 42%. (The global percentage was 23%.) China’s was 19%; South Korea’s 13%, Taiwan’s 12%, Japan’s and Hong Kong’s both were 6%. The percentage “Thriving”  (which globally was 34%) was 41% in Taiwan, 36% in China, 34% in South Korea, 29% both in Japan and in Mongolia, and 17% in Hong Kong. The percentage Stressed was 53% in China, 49% in Hong Kong, 41% in Japan, 40% in South Korea, 34% in Taiwan, and 16% in Mongolia.

In “Post Soviet Eurasia,” Uzbekistan was a stand-out as 41% Engaged and 36% Thriving. Kazakhstan had 25% Engaged and 37% Thriving. Russia had 23% Engaged (the global average) and 32% Thriving. Ukraine had 20% Engaged and 24% Thriving. The percentage Stressed was 23% Ukraine, 21% Russia, 15% Kazakhstan, and 12% both in Uzbekistan and in Kyrgyzstan.

The United States percentage Thriving  was 53%, Engaged 33% (a full 10% higher than the global average), and Stressed 50%. In the Western Hemisphere as a whole, the highest percentages Thriving were Costa Rica 62%, Mexico 59%, and Uruguay 54%; Engaged were El Salvador 41%, Panama 35%, and Costa Rica 34%; Stressed were Bolivia 55%, Dominican Republic 51%, and Costa Rica 51%. 

Gallup listed both the U.S. and China among the 57 “Low Labour Rights Countries”; and Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan among the 64 “High Labour Rights Countries.” Interestingly, neither Taiwan nor Hong Kong — neither of which is actually a country — was included in either list.


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse’s latest book, AMERICA’S EMPIRE OF EVIL: Hitler’s Posthumous Victory, and Why the Social Sciences Need to Change, is about how America took over the world after World War II in order to enslave it to U.S.-and-allied billionaires. Their cartels extract the world’s wealth by control of not only their ‘news’ media but the social ‘sciences’ — duping the public.

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