23 Workplace Statistics That Will (Not) Make You Work Harder

Workplace Statistics

During the average lifetime, we spend more time at our workplaces than we might think. For instance, did you know that, according to workplace statistics, people spend approximately 13 years and two months working (on average)? Additionally, those who frequently work overtime spend yet another year and two months at work.

For some people, either because they’re workaholics or because they must work hard due to various life circumstances, the workplace tends to become a second home. How they cope with it depends heavily on the work atmosphere. Here at LoudCloudHealth, we’ve collected and inspected numerous workplace figures and stumbled upon surprising data regarding this topic.

To find out what these are, just take a look at the stats down below.

Top 10 Jaw-Dropping Workplace Statistics:

  • A worker is injured every 7 seconds at their job.
  • 75% of women who experienced sexual harassment at work experienced a counter-attack when they reported it to someone.
  • 21.5% of Canadian workers report they got high at work.
  • Hospitality/service workers, including waiters, chefs, housekeepers, concierges, etc. are the most likely to use marijuana.
  • Teams that are racially diverse tend to outperform “homogeneous” teams by 35%.
  • 45% of Americans claim they are satisfied with their jobs.
  • Workplace diversity statistics indicate that the white working-age population has declined by 20% from 1980 on.
  • Overall, about 2 million workers experience workplace violence annually.
  • 70% of mothers with children under the age of 18 engage in work, and what’s more, 75% of them work full-time.
  • 47% of all employees in Australia are women, as compared to 53% of men.

Job Satisfaction Statistics

1. 45% of Americans claim they are satisfied with their jobs.

(Career Vision)

Still, satisfied doesn’t equal enthusiastic, and there are separate reports about different levels of satisfaction. For instance,  job satisfaction statistics from 2018 amongst USA citizens show that only 20% report that they are extremely passionate about their jobs.

2.  62% of employees in managerial positions are satisfied with their working routine.

(Pew Social Trends)

Even though management roles usually carry enormous responsibility and workplace stress, there are many perks that go along with it. Hence, it’s no wonder that managers are more likely to report that they are quite satisfied with their jobs, as compared to only 48% of manual workers.

3. 70% of adults working in education report that their jobs provide them with “a sense of identity.”

(Pew Social Trends)

Apparently, some jobs are simply more fulfilling than others. According to workplace statistics for 2019, most educators (70%) think their work contributes to their sense of self. Likewise, healthcare workers seem to feel the same way (at least 62% of them). However, only 42% of hospitality and 36% of retail workers share the same sentiments.

4. Americans are getting more and more satisfied with their jobs.

(USA Today)

During a seven-year period (up until 2018), the overall job satisfaction among Americans has significantly improved. It seems that the majority of Americans are actually happy with their work, as workplace statistics from 2018 show. Out of the 1,500 employed people surveyed by The Conference Board, 51% reported job satisfaction.

Statistics on Workplace Violence

5. Overall, about 2 million workers experience workplace violence annually.

(Money CNN)

This includes every form of violence, ranging from verbal mistreatment and physical attacks to homicide. What’s more, workplace violence isn’t necessarily about work. For two-thirds of workplace-related homicides, the murderer had no personal connections with their victims.

Most often, people commit workplace violence because of something unrelated to the victim going on in their lives outside of work.

6. Workplace injury statistics show a worker is injured every 7 seconds at their job.

(NSC) (NSC)

Whereas some industries, such as healthcare, education, and service providers have higher violence rates, there are interesting statistics on particular professions as well. For instance, taxi drivers are 20 times more likely to be assaulted or even murdered during work than other professionals, according to the reports made by OSHA.

7. According to workplace injury statistics from 2019, the cases continue to be unresolved or unreported.

(Rave Mobile Safety) (NSC)

When talking about workplace violence, it’s important to highlight the problem of under-reporting. The above-mentioned Washington State study reveals that there’s little to no initiative to report minor violence cases, resulting in injuries caused by a lack of awareness regarding whom to speak to, as well as a lack of communication between workers and superiors.

Diversity in Workplace Statistics

8. Over a 40-year period, the white working-age population has declined by 20%.

(Bonusly)

The US workforce is becoming increasingly diverse, as is the nation itself. The 2019 statistics suggested that, by 2020, the white working-age population will have declined from 83% (over a 40-year period starting from 1980) to 63%. What’s more, the number of workers of color will have doubled.

9. Teams that are racially diverse tend to outperform “homogeneous” teams by 35%.

(Clear Company)

Diversity in the workplace (2017) statistics indicate that successful diverse teams have three things in common: the members usually give one another equal time to speak, show sensitivity towards one another (even in unusual situations), and finally — they include more women.

10. The most commonly reported forms of discrimination are racial discrimination and retaliation.

(Washington Post)

However, workers experience many other forms of discrimination as well, such as sexual discrimination, age discrimination, and even intolerance based on a medical conditions (e.g., neurological disability).

Working Women Statistics

11. 25% of women experience sexual harassment in the workplace, according to statistics.

(Fairygodboss)

Unfortunately, the reports show that at least one out of four women is subject to sexual harassment in the workplace. Some of the other studies, such as the one conducted by EEOC, find that the number is as high as 85%.

There are also other studies with varying data, but the variation in the percentages is probably the result of different samples and questionnaires used by the examinees. Nevertheless, even 25% is a horribly high percentage and it is not to be ignored.

12. Men hold 62% of managerial positions, as compared to women’s meager 38%.

(The Muse)

According to the 2018 gender inequality in the workplace statistics, 48% of entry-level employees are women. What’s more, they only make 38% of managers. Additionally, for every 100 men promoted to a higher position, there are only 79 women promoted to the same.

The numbers are even more devastating when it comes to women of color, who make up only 4% of the managerial positions. To this end, the marijuana industry offers interesting prospects for female entrepreneurs.

13. 75% of women who experienced sexual harassment at work experienced a counter-attack when they reported it to someone.

(Fairygodboss)

When a person (usually female) experiences sexual harassment, reports it, and the co-workers find out about it, the most frequent comments include the variations of “why didn’t she say anything?” Well, as workplace harassment statistics from 2016 suggest, the reason for this silence is that the victim is usually worried about not being acknowledged or even getting fired.

The percentage of employees who’ve reported such an incidence to someone and experienced some kind of counter-attack is as high as 75%.

14. Women are very likely to be the only female working at their office, and they usually find it unpleasant.

(The Muse)

Nearly 1/5 of women reported that they are the only female person working in a group of people at their jobs, as unhappy employees statistics reveal. Moreover, they report having often felt as if they were perceived as a representative of their gender and that if they fail at performing some tasks, the entire social group they stand for will be misjudged for it. Conversely, only 7% of men feel the same way when working with a large group of women.

15. 70% of mothers with children under the age of 18 engage in work, and what’s more, 75% of them work full-time.

(Career Contessa)

Mothers work hard, according to the workplace productivity statistics supplied by the US Department of Labor. Not only that, but the vast majority of them work full-time. In addition, the report also claims that in about 40% of households, mothers are the primary — and even sole — earners.

16. Women are reported to experience higher satisfaction from their work.

(Career Contessa)

Compared to their male counterparts, female workers seem to actually enjoy their jobs — as per reports on employee engagement statistics, they experience higher job satisfaction rates. Now, apart from this, the report also indicates that 33% of women have reported that they are engaged in their work. This compares to 28% of men who said the same thing.

17. Workforce participation statistics from Australia show that 47% of all employees in the country are women, as compared to 53% of men.

(WGEA)

It might not be indicative of whether there’s gender discrimination in the workplace, but statistics from ABS report that, in Australia, women comprise 37.3% of all full-time workers and 68.1% of all part-time workers, which means that there are significantly more (full-time) working men than women.

Moreover, the workforce participation rate — the total workforce (both employed and unemployed) divided by the total number of people aged 15 and above — has been reported as 61.1% for women and 71.3% when it comes to men.

18. Workplace discrimination statistics suggest that lesbian women experience microaggressions at a rate of 71%.

(McKinsey)

As reported, lesbian women are likely targets (more so than their heterosexual counterparts) of unpleasant remarks in the workplace — either about them or about other members of the LGBT community. They are also far more likely to feel the need to hide everything about their personal lives at work.

Marijuana and Workplace Statistics for 2020

19. The National Safety Council reports that employees who tested positive for marijuana had 55% more industrial accidents.

(NSC)

Marijuana and the workplace stats also show 85% more injuries and a 75% decrease in focus in workers who use marijuana, as compared to those who tested negative.

20. The legalization of medical marijuana has been associated with a 19.5% decrease in the number of workplace fatalities. 

(NCBI)

Workplace injury statistics based on the observation of workers aged 25–44 show results which are somewhat contradicting the previous stat. Medical marijuana is improving workers’ performance.

Perhaps the key is in the fact that those who are using medical marijuana do it more responsibly as opposed to workers who see cannabis only as means of enjoying themselves. Medical marijuana users take it so as to be able to function better, not vice versa.

21. Now for some fun in the workplace statistics — 21.5% of Canadian workers report they got high at work.

(The Conversation)

According to Health Canada’s statistics from the 2017 Canadian Cannabis Survey, 21.5% of cannabis users stated they used cannabis to get high both before and during working hours the previous year. What’s more, 7.7% of them reported using it on a weekly, or even daily, basis before working hours.

22. Compared to workers from other sectors, hospitality/service workers, including waiters, chefs, housekeepers, concierges, etc. are the most likely to use marijuana.

(Newsweek)

As per workplace statistics from 2018, workers from the food and beverage industry, as well as hospitality workers, are highly likely to consume marijuana at the workplace. Furthermore, the second most likely ones to engage in the said activity are construction workers.

23. In Canada, only 11% of surveyed companies have a policy regarding medical marijuana.

(HRPA)

According to research conducted by the HRPA, just 11% of companies have a policy addressing medical marijuana at the workplace. For those who do have them in place, 45.9% aren’t sure whether their existing policy properly covers the potential problems that may appear once recreational marijuana is legalized.

Conclusion

Whether we like it or not, one spends the largest portion of their day working. Therefore, those who love what they do are more likely to lead fulfilling lives. Yet, what seems to be even more important is the relationship between employees in the workplace.

According to what workplace statistics indicate — it might be that the consumption of medical marijuana (if your workplace policy allows it that is) is what occasionally establishes a peaceful working atmosphere. All things considered — staying up-to-date with the latest statistics is never a bad idea. Heck, you might even learn a thing or two about new coping mechanisms regarding work-related stress.

FAQs

What percentage of employees are looking for a new job?

Up to 70% of workers say they are actively searching for a new job. According to research conducted by Mental Health America — which published its Workplace Health Survey last year — what makes workers dissatisfied the most is the lack of emotional support and recognition by their superiors.

Surprisingly, this is not the first study confirming the importance of appealing to human emotions in the workplace.

(Inc.)

What percent of employees leave because of their boss?

Management or the general working environment are among the top reasons for quitting a job among workers (a staggering 75%). Usually, the dissatisfaction comes from the managers’ inability to communicate to workers exactly how much their efforts contribute to the company’s success.

Also, managers tend to put workers into various roles that sometimes don’t match their strengths, making them emotionally disconnected from work.

(Inc.)

What percentage of employees are engaged at work?

The percentage of US workers committed to their work currently sits at around 34%, which is the highest rate ever since 2000.

In 2016, Gallup reported that, besides the workers who were dedicated to working, there were also 16.5% of workers who were “actively disengaged,” which is approximately two engaged workers for every actively disengaged counterpart.

(Gallup)

Why are employees unhappy at work?

The negative feelings regarding work or the work environment usually stem from low payment, lack of promotion despite efforts, working overtime, generally poor working conditions, and a lack of support from superiors.

(iEduNote)

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