Gallup continues to hammer at the poor quality of U.S. managers, a theme it has sounded for years now based upon responses to surveys.

Its latest finds that more than half say they are no longer engaged in their jobs, with another 14 percent saying they actively don't give a darn about how well they manage the troops.

Because of a "cascade effect" identified by the polling firm, this lack of concern gushes down to the troops, who themselves don't care about work if they're supervised by someone who doesn't.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.