Job Satisfaction

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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: 06-24-2008
Mon, 01-18-2010 - 4:04pm
but regularly and in the big picture, i do think when you're satisfied, happy, content one place you're that way other places. if you're not, that probably multiplies other places too.



I'm a generally happy person, and even when things are not good I can find the bright side. So I think I tend to be happy in both work and home. However, there have been times when I was happy in my relationship, and unhappy in my career, other times when I was happy in my career but unhappy in my relationship, happy in both and unhappy in both. I'd say whenever I'm unhappy (job or relationship) it can take a few months to a year to take corrective action. Find a new job, find a way to make the existing job better, break up, try to find a way to make the relationship better. It takes time, and that lag accounts for the mismatch when I am happy in one place but not the other. The enduring quality of being a happy, optimistic person means that most of the time I'm happy in both. If someone has an enduring quality of being miserable, resisting change, refusing to take steps toward fixing problems that trouble them, then I'd be that more often than not they are miserable in both.

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Mon, 01-18-2010 - 7:17pm
my husband has a great life.
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Registered: 01-07-2010
Mon, 01-18-2010 - 7:19pm
forgot to say, i got the best of both worlds for the time being.
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Tue, 01-19-2010 - 2:54pm

a little of both, how's that for an answer?

 

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Tue, 01-19-2010 - 2:56pm
well said.

 

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Registered: 05-19-2009
Tue, 01-19-2010 - 3:27pm
Yes there are plenty of people who do that.

In the frequently relevant (to so many debates on Ivillage) words of Inigio Montoya from The Princess Bride "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

In the frequently relevant (to so many debates on Ivillage) words of Inigio Montoya from The Princess Bride "You keep using that

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Registered: 05-19-2009
Tue, 01-19-2010 - 3:32pm
Yes I think positive & a happy perspective get many people through when they don't like their job or their relationship. But it sure doesn't always work that way nor do I think that most people just get along fine with their jobs as long as they have a happy family life--as another poster stated. Being content and happy in general does not make people to be able to just ignore or conquer their problems at work or home.

In the frequently relevant (to so many debates on Ivillage) words of Inigio Montoya from The Princess Bride "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

In the frequently relevant (to so many debates on Ivillage) words of Inigio Montoya from The Princess Bride "You keep using that

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Tue, 01-19-2010 - 9:36pm
But it sure doesn't always work that way nor do I think that most people just get along fine with their jobs as long as they have a happy family life--as another poster stated.



Being happy at home doesn't make me love my job, but me being a happy person who needs to like her job and won't settle for a miserable homelife does cause me to be generally happy in both. It doesn't always work out because of that lag I spoke of, when something turns bad it takes time to fix it. That's me. I know someone else who lives at the total other end of the spectrum, she is miserable all the time and everywhere she goes she takes the misery with her, usually inflicting it on others. Someone who is smack in the middle of the spectrum may be able to tolerate a long, miserable marriage as long as they have a job they love, or endure a job they hate because it provides needed things for the family they love. Or maybe that person has a problem with change and has a very long lag time before the find a solution for a bad situation (people who want to be happy but stay in a miserable marriage until the youngest child goes to college come to mind). Those are other reasons the feelings about home/work might not match up.



Being content and happy in general does not make people to be able to just ignore or conquer their problems at work or home.



It does for me. If someone was miserable by nature it wouldn't, if someone could tolerate misery or is very unable to change right away, it might cause a long lag.

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Wed, 01-20-2010 - 1:18am
Ok and unemployment is at an all time high--many people aren't quitting a job if they have an intolerable boss or other problems at work.

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Registered: 06-24-2008
Wed, 01-20-2010 - 2:06am

Agreed. That's the lag. In a down economy there might be more of a lag between not liking a job and solving the problem of not liking the job. So in the grand scheme of things a happy person is going to be happy at home and work, though temporarily there could be a problem they can't quite address and that could make their job satisfaction low right now.

The original question was the surprise at the low job satisfaction because someone thought people would be happy to keep jobs they are unhappy in. Those people probably forgot to factor in turnover ratios. I'll bet those are way down, and since that's how people improve their job satisfaction, it makes sense that job satisfaction is lower right now.

Unless you are me, and don't have a job, and are happy about that.

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