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Are you happy with your job?

Staff Report • Sep 6, 2012 at 11:01 AM

We ask a very simple question on this Labor Day: Are you satisfied with your job? A recent report by the Society for Human Resource Management found only 29 percent of workers in the 31 to 61 age bracket said they were “very satisfied” with their jobs. The remaining workers said they were either “somewhat satisfied” or not satisfied at all.

These numbers aren’t entirely surprising. Last year, a Gallup Poll found less than 50 percent of Americans employed full- or part-time were completely satisfied with their jobs. This was the lowest level seen since 2003, and was down from a high of 56 percent in 2007.

Meanwhile, pollsters also found employee satisfaction with other facets of their workplace experience had improved slightly or stayed the same since August 2008.

In addition to job security, the other area in which employee satisfaction had declined in 2011 was level of pay.

In her recent blog on Forbes.com, writer Jacquelyn Smith noted that “with so few jobs available during the recession, plenty of U.S. workers were holding on for dear life to ones they had — even if they were miserable.” An improving economy, however, may mean people who hate their current jobs “might be more inclined to do something about it.”

Smith also wrote there are many things that can contribute to a person’s dissatisfaction with his job. She cites a few from Dr. Katharine Brooks, the director of Liberal Arts Career Services at the University of Texas at Austin and author of “You Majored in What? Mapping Your Path from Chaos to Career.”

“There might be a conflict between your interests and the duties of the position,” Brooks says. “The job might be too demanding or not demanding enough; lack of training for position; lack of job security; you may have a poor relationship with co-workers or a supervisor; you might be poorly compensated; you might be in bad or unsafe working conditions; or you’re burnt out.”

We want to hear from you. Are you happy with your job?

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