If you’re miserable in the workplace, take solace in the fact that you’ve got a lot of company.
Half of all U.S. employees have at some point in their career quit their jobs to get away from their boss, according to a new Gallup study of 7,272 adults. If workers loathe their higher-ups, the feeling may be mutual. Gallup also found that managers weren’t thrilled with their work situation, either. Just 35 percent of U.S. managers said they felt engaged on the job. Fifty-one percent said they weren’t engaged, and 14 percent confessed that they actively tune out at work.
The numbers suggest that there are relatively few Americans who don’t feel like they’re corporate cogs straight out of a Kafka novel. “I’m continually surprised at these numbers—they’re a lot lower than they need to be,” says Jim Harter, Gallup’s chief scientist of workplace management and well-being.