That's a huge chunk of your life, which means finding the right workplace should be extremely important.
To begin, you'll need to understand the modern workplace and your role inside it: How is it changing? Which factors influence your happiness? Which factors don't matter so much?
We pulled together a list of key workplace stats that we believe will help you understand work better than any one study could.
Almost 54% of U.S. employees feel satisfied with their jobs, up 51% from the previous year.
Job security saw the greatest gains among all the factors influencing job satisfaction.
Only 15% of employees worldwide and 34% in the United States are happy in their jobs.
Managers, executives and government officials are the most engaged in their jobs. Those who work in manufacturing, construction and production are among the least engaged.
The majority of people (59%) who work part-time say they're looking for full-time work, yet they are already considered "employed."
Many job seekers (47%) report they are unsatisfied with salary/compensation.
More job seekers (60%) report being comfortable negotiating their compensation, up from 51% in 2018.
And more workers (33%) negotiated the salary of their most recent job, up from 31% in 2018.
Of those who negotiated, 83% received better pay. How much higher?
Some job seekers (7%) say they've lied about their previous salary during the interview process.
A majority (76%) of employees report that being passed over for a promotion will lead them to seek other jobs.
And 50% say salary is the strongest factor when it comes to influencing loyalty.
While having a strong company culture matters to a great majority of workers, only 37% says it's "very important" to them. Here's who culture matters most to:
Culture can be a factor in job seekers either turning down an offer (17%) or quitting in the first 90 days (28%).
49% say it's very important.
26% says it's somewhat important.
The racial and political divide on this question is notable. Here's the percent of each group that says it's important:
The vast majority (92%) of workers say they feel like they belong in their current workplace.
Not quite one-third (30%) of workers say they've stayed up past midnight to finish a project.
The majority (66%) of freelancers said the freelance job market improved between 2014 and 2017.
Slightly fewer Americans (42%) believe work is fundamental to their identity as compared to those (46%) who do not.
Only 6% of workers have quit a job without notifying their employer.