Motivated and checked out?
The paradoxical state of the American workforce.

Disengagement in work does not mean motivation is low

New research on being your best self at work reveals even the most highly motivated employees report being disengaged at work, a seeming contradiction that reflects the intensity of today’s workflow as well as generational differences.

American workers are clearly motivated

Good news! Almost all American workers feel driven in the workplace and are motivated at work (93%). More than half say they are very motivated, and 88% say they give their job their all. It’s great to hear that the vast majority of workers still have their eye on the job.

But American workers are also checked out

Despite being highly motivated, virtually all workers “check out” every day for at least one hour, beyond lunch and other scheduled breaks.

Disengaging for over 60 minutes a day, when added up over the course of a year, is the equivalent of 6+ weeks. In other words, not starting the work year until Valentine's Day!

No one is immune from disengaging at work

Twenty-eight percent of modern workers who say they are motivated at work admit to disengaging for over an hour a day. But getting distracted and detaching from work isn’t just a trend among junior and mid-level employees—a significant 22% of C-suite members and 34% of directors and managers tune out for more than one hour every day.

The generational difference

Generation Z and Millennials are nearly twice as likely as their Generation X and Boomer counterparts to disengage at work for an hour or more. On the other hand, interestingly, this younger group feels largely no less motivated than any other age group to do their best at work.

Although this seems disheartening, it’s all about striking the right balance. As this research shows, a couple of short breaks throughout the day can play a vital role in boosting work performance.

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