Americans Increasingly Unhappy At Work

The Conference Board says only 45 percent of Americans say they're satisfied with their work. That's down from 49 percent in 2008, and 61 percent in 1987.

The deep recession gets part of the blame, because it's become harder for some people to find challenging and suitable jobs. Another reason is that fewer people find their jobs interesting. Also, worker incomes have not kept up with inflation, and the soaring cost of health insurance keeps eating into take-home pay.

The Conference Board says the report "says something troubling about work in America." Economists warn that lower job satisfaction could stifle innovation, thus hurting competitiveness and productivity.

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  • by Leroy on Jan 6, 2010 at 06:17 PM
    Why work?..The Big O. will take care of You!
  • by GBHB on Jan 5, 2010 at 03:55 PM
    actually the studies shows the largest group content with their jobs are people in the age range of 25-34. That seems young to me. Anyway, it is simply a generational bias. Every generation thinks they are better than other generations. It is silly to think one generation is better than the other. There are plenty of pathetic 50 year olds living in the United States. Lazy and worthless do not have an age.
  • by Back Location: Greenville on Jan 5, 2010 at 02:42 PM
    1) Majority does not mean ALL. 2)The commercial was an example, duh. My observations are from experience and observing young people. 3)In general, maturity and experience comes w/ age; again, one day you will learn this. 4)Although the workplace IS changing, work ethics have not(this is VERY important, understand what it means). 5) In general, a young person fresh out of college or HS knows very, very little about the workplace. 6) If you think that a new hire/graduate should be paid the same as someone who has been producing for a company for years(w/same qualifications other than gained experience by older employee), then you just made my case. 7) Regardless of what you were taught, experience is everything. Prime example: obama has NO experience as a leader and his bumbling attempts to be president are a sure sign of this. 7) Retirement is a long way for me. So far as your generalization of older employees, we're here now and have been for a while. Be patient, your day will come.
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Jan 5, 2010 at 01:38 PM
    Here's a great site that stands for working happy. Be content not wanting nothing for God will supply all your needs according to his riches and glory. How great is our God!
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jan 5, 2010 at 11:37 AM
    @Back: It is unfortunate that you think all young people want to have everything for nothing, especially since it seems you formed this generalization from a TV commercial you saw. Do you always let TV commercials have that much of an influence on you? I certainly hope not. I could make a generalization, as you have, and say that all older people don't understand how the new workplace looks and works, but I'm not going to do that. It is frustrating to know that many older adults feel this way. What entitles you to have the top job and the big money? Do you think that experience or years worked is the only thing that matters when it comes to being paid fairly? I guess it doesn't matter if you know how to do the job or not?! Bottom line is this. The workplace is changing and soon you will be sitting at home drawing your retirement check. That is, if all of us young people that don't know what hard work is figure it out and keep working at jobs we aren't happy at...
  • by Mike Location: NC on Jan 5, 2010 at 11:12 AM
    I have been working at a urinal cake factory for 22 years and am completely content.
  • by Bill Location: gboro on Jan 5, 2010 at 11:04 AM
    First those of us who have jobs should be glad and I am ,BUT the article is about job dissatisfaction SO.. At my job females make the same pay as males, but our target client is violent male clients, so the women sit in the office or else near the door and watch tv while the men staff risk their lives and do most of the work. The women will even say " I aint gettn hurt" and basically tell you in advance that you r on your own, but since it's a government job they have to meet quotas. Also we do 8 , 12 ( mostly 12) and even 16 hour shifts with no meal break or break of any kind. Many people often comment that working so long without a break is illegal, but trust me it is perfectly legal in NC. If you think otherwise just check the NC dept of labor website. Some comapnies have policies that allow for breaks, but IT IS NOT the law. NC employees have few rights compared to other states because of our states " at will" employment laws. Lets all help someone who's out of work when we cn
  • by to to marine mom Location: Greenville on Jan 5, 2010 at 10:55 AM
    Get over it, you probably don't know what it's like to be a cashier at a grocery store. It's not fun WORKING HARD making minimum wage!
  • by Back Location: Greenville on Jan 5, 2010 at 10:42 AM
    Millinennial? Is that the new term for young peoople now? Sorry, sometimes the truth is disheartening Chris. There is NO misunderstanding. You go to school. You graduate. You start at the bottom(usually)and work(hard & smart) your way up. You don't deserve the top position with the top salary. The less than 30 crowd still has alot of life-lesson learning ahead of them; especially today. The majority of America's youth today are all about ME. They want to be seen and heard. Just look at the many(not all), pathetic people on utube, my space, etc. They want fame and money. They don't want to work for it, they just want it NOW. Have you seen the recent TV add advertising a certain college. The commercial says "don't have time to waste? Get your degree fast and online now." Since when is it a waste of time going to school in order to be a productive citizen? When you are older and wiser you will understand. That's the way life generally works; and has for a thousand years.
  • by Electrician Location: Greenville on Jan 5, 2010 at 10:02 AM
    I love being an aircraft electrician. And I didn't even need a college degree for that! Imagine. Love my $48k/yr as a young man.
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