Job Satisfaction

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Job Satisfaction
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Thu, 01-14-2010 - 10:21am

I have seen reports in various news sources talking about a study that states that job satisfaction is a low. The reporters all seem to be surprised at the study. Their thinking is that in a bad economy those that have jobs should be grateful for job satisfaction should be up.

I totally agree with the reasoning that job satisfaction would be down in a bad economy for a few reasons:

1. In a good economy those that are not satisfied with their jobs have more options to change jobs than in a bad economy.

2. Employers know that and can put on more work load etc since it is very unlikely for that employer to leave.

3. Sometime when companies are hurting they will purposely make things harder on employees. It is much better for their bottom line to have someone leave on their own (or with cause) that to have to pay a severance package for layoff.

Your thoughts.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Thu, 01-14-2010 - 12:22pm

I think you have more insight than those reporters. (And so do I, 'cuz I agree with you.)


Of course people would be less satisfied with their work in a bad economy! Even when things are going great, there is always a certain percentage of people who hate their jobs.


But in a bad economy, those who'd normally have the initiative and desire to look for better work tend to stay put, which increases their feelings of frustration. And a bad economy puts pressure on employees at all levels. The execs feel pressure from the shareholders to cut costs in whatever way they can, so there's always the fear of layoffs. And no one is immune to layoffs when things are really bad. DH is an executive and even though his company has weathered the recession reasonably well, they are still cutting costs and he knows that his head could roll any day. He has put up with an unbelievable amount of stress over the last year and he normally likes his work.


Employees that aren't laid off end up having to do more work, but

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Thu, 01-14-2010 - 1:10pm
I totally agree with both of you. Being grateful for your job is not the same as being happy with your job.














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Registered: 01-05-2000
Thu, 01-14-2010 - 2:02pm

Add me in the agreement.

Chris

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-22-2009
Thu, 01-14-2010 - 2:10pm
Well this it no fun if everyone is going to agree with me.
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-22-2005
Thu, 01-14-2010 - 2:52pm

LOL, fine, let's see... How about:

The whole reason why the economy is in the tubes is because people are lazy and no longer value work. People should love any job that they can get in this economy and they are probably just saying that their job satisfaction is low because they are so used to being whiney crybabies in the first place. ;-)















iVillage Member
Registered: 08-22-2009
Thu, 01-14-2010 - 3:16pm
LOL
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-05-2000
Thu, 01-14-2010 - 6:39pm

Yeah, well, I actually do love my job and so does dh. So what else could I say?

Chris

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Registered: 11-22-2000
Thu, 01-14-2010 - 9:25pm

Add me to the Total Agree-ers Club.


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Registered: 06-24-2008
Thu, 01-14-2010 - 9:38pm

I agree with everyone too (and LOL at finally.me).

I had a low job satisfaction until I quit to SAH. Now it's high. Where are the ratings for the SAHPs satisfaction at SAH? Is this a double standard that SAH has been left out?

I know I'm going to love my next job. It's been my dream to switch careers for a long time. But I'm not there yet, so I was unable to join in the survey's and pump up the numbers. Probably another reason they are so low.

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Thu, 01-14-2010 - 10:33pm

"Is this a double standard that SAH has been left out?"

No, since the study was about job satisfaction only those that are employed were included. Many besides SAHMs were left out, retirees, those that are not in the work force because of choice, those that are not in the work force but not because of choice.

SAHM's satisfaction at being SAHM's would be a completely different study (and would omit those in the work force, would that be a double standard?).

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