Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the September 2, 2002 issue of QuintZine.
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“The widespread feeling among many Americans that their jobs aren’t providing the satisfaction they once did is likely to be a growing concern for management,” said Lynn Franco, director of The Conference Board’s Consumer Research Center. “Workers are least satisfied with bonus plans, promotion policies, and educational training programs. Even a declining percentage of Americans say they enjoy working with their colleagues — 58 percent compared to more than 64 percent in 1995.”
Workers aged 35-44 are the least content. Less than 48 percent are satisfied, down from nearly 61 percent in 1995. Older workers, aged 55-64, also express a low level of satisfaction. Only about 48 percent say they are satisfied. Not surprisingly, satisfaction tends to increase as income increases. Households earning less than $15,000 are the least satisfied of all income groups. Those earning more than $50,000 are the most satisfied. But in all income areas, satisfaction levels have fallen since 1995.
Other key findings:
- The largest decline in overall job satisfaction — from 60.9 percent in 1995 to 47.4 percent today — occurred among households aged 35-44. People in this age bracket were once the happiest group in the American workforce.
- The New England region experienced the largest decline in satisfaction, with only 44 percent of households satisfied with their jobs, compared to 65.4 percent in 1995.
- Residents of the Rocky Mountain region are the most satisfied, despite a recent decline in the level of satisfaction from 62.7 percent to 57 percent.
- Respondents rated their commute to work as the best part of their job, with 58.7 percent satisfied. But, here too, there was a decline in satisfaction levels from 1995.
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