Workers' Job Satisfaction Levels Plummet

By Dennis McCafferty
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    Only 59% of workers are satisfied with their job, down from 66% last year.

Workers are growing increasingly unhappy at their jobs, and many plan to change employers sometime in 2014, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. This morale plunge can be attributed largely to a lack of three things: advancement opportunity, work-life balance and respect for management. Another factor contributing to this unhealthy work environment is the large number of professionals who did not receive raises over the past year. Fortunately, the tide is shifting in favor of employees. During the recession, organizational leaders had greater latitude to tell workers that they should be happy just to have a job. With the overall improvement of the job market, however, employee leverage is slowly increasing. As a result, managers who successfully address the causes of resentment will be in the best position to avoid a mass exodus. "Frequent recognition, merit bonuses, training programs and clearly defined career paths are important ways to show workers what they mean to the company," says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder. More than 3,000 workers took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2014-02-05
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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