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So the nap pods and slides aren't working? Not even beer?

Americans are still not happy at work — as evidenced by the fact that one out of four of your colleagues are thinking about quitting this year. 

Unhappy, Unmotivated

Scottsdale, Ariz. business operating systems provider Bolste released a report Thursday — its 2016 Industry and Productivity Perspectives Report — that found more than a quarter of working adults (28 percent) will contemplate changing jobs in 2016. 

Bolste worked with research firm YouGov to poll the views of a representative sample of 2,766 American adults.

Other findings include:

  • More than a quarter (26 percent) of working Americans are unhappy, unmotivated, not stimulated, bored and stifled, or indifferent with their current job
  • American employees most commonly feel their employers don’t value their ideas (20 percent) and independent working skills (21 percent)
  • 22 percent of working professionals say half or more of the work emails they receive are irrelevant to them 

“Employee turnover is a huge strain on businesses and workers alike so it’s important to address the issue of workplace dissatisfaction,” Leif Hartwig, CEO of Bolste, said in a statement. “To remain competitive on the world stage, American business leaders need a way to evaluate their employees’ ideas, give proper feedback and equip their teams with tools and skills to manage projects efficiently.”

Silver Lining?

How can you keep workers happy?

In How to Make Top Employees Happier and More Satisfied #SXSWStephen Fishman noted that most companies focus on talent attraction and retention but miss out on talent development. "The most powerful learning and talent development occurs on the job." 

In his piece, Can Better Rewards Boost Employee Morale?Derek Walter discussed how companies have turned to internal rewards programs and other software-centric approaches to help managers connect better with employees. One of those companies, Richland, Wash.-based Stepframe, uses collaboration software that allows employees to set specific preferences, like if they enjoy particular types of candy or place a really high premium on being recognized for their birthday.

Aimee Lucas wrote that to win over customers you must win over your employees first. In Want to Be Customer-Centric? Engage Your Employees, she noted that "engaged employees are such valuable assets because they try harder at work and are more committed to helping their companies succeed." 

Betty Herard discussed the importance of senior leadership in her piece, Bad Company Culture? Blame Senior Leadership.  "Exceptional leaders ... provide their employees with a clear and simple organizational framework in the form of well-defined mission, vision, values and goals. ... They set expectations and drive cultural norms, which cascade down to employees at all levels of the company."

Title image "041/365: ”Working 9 to 5...”" (CC BY-SA 2.0) by  benjaminasmith