Engaged Employees Would Work After Lottery Win

December 26, 2013 ( – Nearly two-thirds of engaged employees would continue working if they won the lottery.

By Kevin McGuinness | December 26, 2013

A recent poll from Gallup says that this mind-set is specific to those defined as “engaged,” which is to say employees that are particularly involved in and enthusiastic about their work and workplace.

Less than half of those with a lower level of engagement would keep their same job, according to poll results. The poll deemed almost half (42%) of employees as “not engaged” and finds that almost one-quarter (20%) of “actively disengaged” employees say they would continue to work in their current job upon winning $10 million in the lottery.

According to Gallup, although winning millions through the lottery is a low-probability event, the poll results highlight the value that engaged employees place on having and keeping their good job, even when it is no longer financially necessary. In addition, says Gallup, the poll results seem to indicate that employees that are not engaged or actively disengaged are “emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and less likely to be productive,” going to work only for a paycheck.

Information for this poll was compiled through phone interviews, done between August 7 and 11, with a random sample of 1,002 adults. These respondents were age 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.