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Are You Committed to Your Job? [POLL/AUDIO]

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Only 30 percent of American employees are working to their full potential, according to a new report from Gallup. The other 70 percent are essentially “checked out” on the job or so unhappy that they’re making the work environment worse for everyone around them.

New Jersey ranked third among the states for highest percentage of workers who are “actively disengaged” (20 percent). That means the employees aren’t only unhappy at work, but they’re busy acting out their unhappiness. Every day, according to the description from Gallup, these workers undermine what their engaged coworkers accomplish.

Despite the findings, an informal Townsquare Media survey of New Jersey workers couldn’t find one that was admittedly unhappy.

“I love my job. I like going to work everyday. It’s fun” – Steve, Freehold – sells security systems


“New Jersey’s a great place to work.” – Shelley, Marlboro – pool installations and repair


“I love my students, and I love the atmosphere that I work in.” – Kathleen, Monroe – music teacher

Townsquare Media even told respondents that their answers would be anonymous and their names wouldn’t be attached, but the positive comments kept coming.

“I don’t have any complaints about going to work.” – Chris, Freehold – multiple part-time jobs


“I find it quite rewarding. They treat me very well.” Donna, Marlboro – school bus driver

New Jersey’s unemployment rate was 9.5 percent in 2012, the fifth highest nationwide, and those who are employed may just be grateful that they’re working.

“I’m thankful to have a job,” said Kristine from Freehold Borough. “There’s a lot of people who need work nowadays.”

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