Dreaming about winning the lottery and quitting your job? Maybe you need a better job. A recent Gallup survey showed that U.S. employees who are “engaged” at work would not quit their jobs even if they won a $10 million lottery prize. Gallup defines engaged employees as those who are “involved in and enthusiastic about their work and their workplace.”
The survey polled 1,002 adults, asking the question: “If you won $10 million dollars in the lottery, would you continue to work, or would you stop working? If “continue to work”: Would you continue to work in your current job or would you take a different job?”
For workers who are engaged in their jobs, 63 percent said they will continue in their current job as opposed to 42 percent of those who were not engaged at work. Only 20 percent of those who are actively disengaged at work would remain in their present job. Those who are engaged at work are not even interested in switching to another job. Only 12 percent of engaged workers say they will take a different job if they won the prize. This was in contrast to the 41 percent of those who were actively disengaged at work who said that they would take a different job.
The percentage of engaged workers who said they will stop working entirely is also low. Only 25 percent of them say that they will leave the workplace if they won the jackpot as opposed to 40 percent of actively disengaged workers.
Gallup said the survey highlighted the importance that engaged employees place in their work. Winning the lottery is a rare occurrence but the poll results underscored the value that engaged workers put on having and keeping their jobs even when the financial need no longer exists to keep it.
The study shows that the probability of engaged employees leaving their employers is less even if they won a prize that will give them financial security for life. People indeed put a premium on a good career.
“Regardless of income level, a thriving career is important to achieving thriving overall well-being. Engaging work and a thriving career provide individuals with a source of identity, purpose, and satisfaction that money alone may not replace,” the study concluded.