Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Unsatisfied Workers

The Conference Board has issued a new report on the state of the American workforce.  The results should alarm us.  After all that has been written and attempted with regard to employee satisfaction, we don't seem to be making any progress.  Here is a summary of the results, from today's Wall Street Journal:  

Fewer than half  of American workers were satisfied with their jobs in 2013, according to a new survey from the Conference Board.  In almost every individual measure—from wages and retirement plans to vacation policies and commutes—workers are less content with their jobs than they were in 1987, when the research group started tracking the topic. Back then, 61.1% of workers said they were satisfied with their work.  The decline suggests a steady erosion of trust and loyalty between employers and employees, said Rebecca Ray, leader of the organization’s human capital research unit.

I would love to hear some theories from my readers. What do you think has caused this decline in satisfaction?  

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