A recent Gallup survey revealed that seven in 10 American employees are unhappy with their jobs and are not reaching their full potential.
According to the Gallup study, the vast majority of US workers - 70 percent - are not reaching their full potential, CBS news reported.
The 2013 State of the American Workplace Report estimates that widespread disinterest and unhappiness in the office is not only affecting company performance, but is costing the US 450 billion to 550 billion dollars a year.
Through thousands of questionnaires sent to employees, Gallup determined whether America's 100 million full-time workers were "engaged," "not engaged" or "actively disengaged" at their jobs.
Those who were "engaged" said they are passionate about their work and feel a connection to their company-they are responsible for the most innovation within their organization.
Those who were "not engaged" act "checked out"; although they put time and effort into their work, they don't have energy or passion.
While 30 percent said they were engaged, about half of Americans (52 percent) fall into the latter category.
And those who are "actively disengaged" aren't just unhappy-they act out their unhappiness by undermining what their engaged coworkers accomplish. Gallup found that 18 percent of Americans feel this way about their job.
The study also found that organizations that are hiring have nearly four times more satisfied employees than companies that are letting go of workers.
Popular-and oftentimes expensive-strategies to boost work morale, like ping pong tables and catered meals, aren't really helping either, according to Gallup.
The report concluded that the mood at the office comes from the top down; if managers focused on their employees strengths more, the study estimates, they could double the average of US workers who have strong performance.