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Disengaged Workers Are More Stressed With Longer Commutes

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A long commute to work may make it harder for American workers who are “actively disengaged” at work, but commuting isn’t linked to daily stress and worry for “engaged”workers, according to a new Gallup Poll.

The percentages of actively disengaged workers who admitted to stress and worry in their lives without great amounts of happiness and enjoyment increases from 15.5 percent for those with short commutes to 27.1 percent for those with long commutes.

Contrastingly, engaged workers low worry and stress levels did not change significantly regardless of commute time.

Employees who are “not engaged” experienced poorer mood as commute time increased, especially if the commute was 45 minutes or more, which is the commute time for 14 percent of Americans. Results are based on data from the Gallup-Healthways Well-being Index and include data from special Gallup Daily tracking series that was ran throughout 2011.

In the fourth quarter of 2011, fewer than one in three American workers was engaged (29 percent), 52 percent were not engaged, and 19 percent were actively disengaged, which was the same from earlier in the year.

Results of the study are based on telephone interviews conducted by Gallup Daily tracking survey from January 2 to December first of 2011. A random sample of 8,585 adults, 18 years of age and older, living in the United States were used to gather statistics.

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