Here’s a question that we’ve asked before on Labor Day: Are you satisfied with your job? Judging from the replies we’ve received in recent years, most Americans are not very happy with their jobs.
Earlier this year, a survey conducted for The Conference Board found only 45 percent of those surveyed say they are satisfied with their jobs, down from 61.1 percent in 1987, the first year in which the survey was conducted.
Officials associated with the survey said the findings indicate fewer Americans across the board are satisfied with their employment, and no age or income group is immune from job dissatisfaction. Employees under age 25 now report the highest level of dissatisfaction ever recorded by a survey of that age group.
The Conference Board’s findings aren’t entirely surprising. A report from the Society for Human Resource Management in 2012 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.
In 2011, 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 have improved only slightly or stayed the same since August 2008. In addition to job security, the other area in which employee satisfaction has declined in recent years was level of pay. Few employees think they earn what they should.
We’d like to hear from you on this subject. Are you satisfied with your job? If not, tell us what you think would make your work experience better.
Send your comments to Mailbag, P.O. Box 1717 Johnson City, TN 37605-1717, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, telephone number and address for verification.
We will print your responses on the Opinion pages in the coming weeks.