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Actively Disengaged Workers and Jobless in Equally Poor Health

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Actively Disengaged Workers and Jobless in Equally Poor Health

Post by Guest on Wed Apr 20, 2011 5:31 am

Actively Disengaged Workers and Jobless in Equally Poor Health

American workers who are emotionally disconnected from their work and
workplace are about as likely as the unemployed -- but far less likely
than those who are engaged in their jobs -- to report they are in
excellent health. Nearly 2 in 10 of these "actively disengaged" workers
rate their overall health as "excellent," similar to the 22% of the
unemployed, but significantly fewer than the 31% of engaged workers.

Actively Disengaged and Unemployed Report More Unhealthy Days Than Engaged Workers

At least one in in five unemployed respondents and actively
disengaged workers report that poor health kept them from their usual
activities on 3 or more days out of the past 30. Engaged workers are
less than half as likely to report having 3 or more unhealthy days in
the past 30.

Obesity and Chronic Disease Rates High Among Actively Disengaged and Unemployed
Actively disengaged and unemployed Americans' higher percentages of
unhealthy days are likely tied to their higher rates of chronic disease
and obesity. The Gallup-Healthways Wellbeing Index
calculates obesity levels based on respondents' self-reported height
and weight. Body Mass Index scores of 30 or higher are considered obese.

Of those Gallup surveyed, 30% of actively disengaged workers and 28%
of unemployed Americans are obese. This is higher than the national
average and much higher than the 23% of engaged workers who are obese.

Actively disengaged employees are also as likely as the jobless to
report having been diagnosed with several chronic illnesses over the
course of their lifetimes. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and
diabetes are all about as prevalent among the actively disengaged
workforce as they are among the unemployed. Slightly more than 2 in 10
in both groups also report having been diagnosed with depression.
actively disengaged workers and the unemployed are in significantly
worse health than Americans who are engaged in their jobs, according to
Gallup data. The high rates of obesity and chronic illnesses these
groups report could have a major effect on their long-term health and on
U.S. healthcare costs. While addressing the health problems of the
unemployed may be difficult, business leaders could play a major role in
improving the workplace environment and potentially the health and
wellbeing of actively disengaged workers.


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