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Number of disengaged employees in Germany constantly increasing

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Germany's trade surplus is at an all-time high, unemployment rates are low and companies are flourishing. The country's economy is in good shape.

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Well-being is on the rise and has improved significantly in recent years: More than half of the workers in Germany (57%) currently rate their lives highly enough to be considered thriving; as recently as 2012, only 47% said they were thriving.

Only 8% of employees say they are less secure in their job now than they were a year ago, and 77% of employees strongly agree or agree they are confident in their company's financial future.

Most German workers (73%) are satisfied or extremely satisfied with their company as a place to work.

Almost six in 10 workers (58%) agree or strongly agree that they are paid appropriately for the work they do.

And 64% of workers agree or strongly agree that their pay and incentives are fair compared with the market for those doing similar work.

Currently, companies in Germany employ 5.4 million actively disengaged workers. For these employees, a disengaging work environment may be the norm, and that has consequences for the country's economy, workers and businesses.

Fewer than one-fifth of workers in Germany are engaged in their jobs in any given year. This finding has remained consistent since 2001 when Gallup began measuring and reporting on the country's workplace engagement.

Gallup's latest measure of employee engagement in Germany found that 16% of workers are engaged in their jobs, or emotionally and behaviorally connected to their job and company.

The majority are not engaged (68%), which means they aren't putting energy or passion into their work.

And 16% are actively disengaged, meaning they are more or less out to do damage to their company.

The percentage of actively disengaged employees had previously declined; it was 24% in 2012, and then dropped to 17% in 2013 and to 15% in 2014, before edging up in 2015.

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