even as unemployed workers in Germany lose income, energy, and vitality — not to mention social connections, emotional support, and hope — they’re actually better off than employed Germans who have bad managers. That’s right: In Germany, where 71% would keep working even if they didn’t have to, disengagement at work is worse than unemployment.
Only about 30% of actively disengaged employees and unemployed workers are thriving
In 2012, Gallup administered its Q12 employee engagement survey to employed workers in Germany and its wellbeing assessment to employed and unemployed workers. Gallup asked both groups to rate their current lives and predict their lives five years in the future, then categorized them as “thriving,” “struggling,” or “suffering” based on their responses.