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: 01-15-2006
Wed, 01-20-2010 - 8:10am

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


what being content, happy IN GENERAL means to me

 

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Wed, 01-20-2010 - 8:22am
OT but i like your sig line.

 

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Wed, 01-20-2010 - 8:30am

Except that only goes so far. I do agree that there are people that who can pretty much find contentment in any situation. But even for those people there is a difference between being naturly content in that situation and having to work to find contentment in that situation.

Having to work to find contentment in a situation can mean having a lower satisfaction level then that contentment just being there. So even those that are happy and content in general will have varying levels of satisfaction in any given situation.

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Registered: 06-24-2008
Wed, 01-20-2010 - 9:11am
OT but i like your sig line. appropriate setting. :)



Thanks :) I think it's appropriate anywhere, lol. It fits here because it could explain the lower job satisfaction ratings, that people are agreeing they must stay in their current jobs even if they don't want to, some are just sitting ducks waiting to see if they are in the next round of lay offs, and they are willing to do it, but they are choosing to be UNhappy about it. While some expected people would be happy just to have a job, people are actually bummed that they feel stuck, and therefore they are no longer ignoring/accepting the things they can't control. If someone is generally happy, that is probably a temporary state.



The other factor is emotions spread. So if you are working with a bunch of people who want to leave their jobs and can't, or want to stay but are facing lay offs, then it's going to be harder to be happy. Likewise, if you are in an environment where most like their jobs, that happiness will spread, and if you are really happy at home that's going to make it easier to deal with the bad stuff at work. Either way, there is a lot of emotions that bleed over to other people and other situations that might have nothing to do with exactly how you feel about your job.



They did a study on emotions spreading, it turns out happiness spreads more significantly and reliably than unhappiness: Happiness is contagious in social networks.

"The last of human freedoms - the ability to choose one's attitude in a given set of circumstances." - Viktor Frankl.



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Registered: 06-24-2008
Wed, 01-20-2010 - 9:12am
But even for those people there is a difference between being naturly content in that situation and having to work to find contentment in that situation.



I agree.

"The last of human freedoms - the ability to choose one's attitude in a given set of circumstances." - Viktor Frankl.



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Registered: 01-15-2006
Wed, 01-20-2010 - 9:53am

oh, ITA in having to work at it.

 

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Wed, 01-20-2010 - 10:02am

They did a study on emotions spreading, it turns out happiness spreads more significantly and reliably than unhappiness: Happiness is contagious in social networks.


of course.

 

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Registered: 06-24-2008
Wed, 01-20-2010 - 10:50am
I love positive thinking. Positive thinking leads to positive feelings, and attitude is a choice. However, being free to choose happiness also means being free to choose misery, either on a permanent basis or a temporary one. I am one who will always choose to be happy, even if the situation is bad. Others choose misery even if the situation is good. Both are extremes. I think most people probably fall towards the middle, so when something is causing pervasive negative feelings like a down economy and all the troubles that come with it, more people will be unhappy. When the economy is good more people feel good.

"The last of human freedoms - the ability to choose one's attitude in a given set of circumstances." - Viktor Frankl.



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Registered: 05-19-2009
Wed, 01-20-2010 - 2:16pm

Being content and being happy to me means having a positive outlook and generally not perseverating on problems that are not fixable and having a positive outlook on all situations whenever possible.

But again, not all problems are something a happy person can fix or just be happy and/or positive about. You can't change other people, for instance and some problems are not fixable. If for instance your child is diagnosed with cancer, that might make a generally happy person a bit sad and down--not happy and able to "make lemonade out of lemons." If you think a generally happy person would just find the bright side out of their child having cancer, I find that quite trite and unrealistic.

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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Wed, 01-20-2010 - 6:26pm
I would be devastated if my child was diagnosed with cancer, and scared. I would not be happy about it, but I would have to find the bright side. Have to. The man who wrote the quote in my signature lost his wife, his unborn child, his parents, his entire manuscript of which there was only one copy, his accomplishments meant nothing, he lost his freedom, every possession he owned and all his rights as a human being. All he had left was his ability to choose his own attitude. That was the one thing that could NOT be stripped from him.

"The last of human freedoms - the ability to choose one's attitude in a given set of circumstances." - Viktor Frankl.



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