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A colleague of mine when I worked for Merck used to drop by my office to discuss project management, and one of his favorite terms was “engagement.” I was reminded of this when the people at Gallup published their most recent results about their polling of the American workplace. You can find their report here, and a writeup here. One of the interesting/sad findings was that only 30% of their survey respondents (and there were 25 million respondents) report being engaged in their work. This astounds me.
One of the many perks of science is that far more than 30% of the people I work with on a daily basis are very engaged in what they do. By engaged, let me refer to the Gallup report: “Gallup defines “engaged” employees as those who are involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their work and contribute to their organization in a positive manner.” Sounds like a good working definition. There are a number of reasons to go into science, but rarely do I find people saying they’re doing it for the money. Probably because that just doesn’t compute when you say it out loud. Continue reading