Since I’ve hit the unlucky number in my posts about being jobless, this one’s not about ME, it’s about YOU, hating your job.
“Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone…” — “Big Yellow Taxi”, Joni Mitchell.
It doesn’t take long on an average scan down a Facebook page, that inevitably someone will complain about their job. It’s frustrating to see that staring back at you when you’re out looking for work. I’ve finally gotten out of the habit of “facebook shaming” the person in the comments. (I know, I’m a dick sometimes). But it also scares me as well, because I may wind up taking a job just to have one, and then I’ll be the one bitching.
A Gallup poll released this week has revealed something we all pretty much knew already: most American HATE their jobs. They tolerate them to live for their evening and weekends. A full 70 percent admitted they were hated their jobs or had mentally “checked out” of them years ago.
Have you ever had a desire to change your career, only to run across someone in the profession you were aiming for just stomp on your dream?
“It’s not as glamorous being a (your dream career) as you think. They stifle your creativity and you have to work Saturdays!”
Thanks, Debbie Downer.
But here’s the thing about the study (PDF here), it actually bears some positive findings. The thirty percent of employees who are “engaged” with their job is the a high water mark for that statistic. In other words, most of us are becoming more fulfilled by our careers.
According to The Week’s article on the topic:
Companies are belatedly paying attention to this, says Gallup’s Jim Harter. “The general consciousness about the importance of employee engagement seems to have increased in the past decade, but there is a gap between knowing about engagement and doing something about it in most American workplaces.”
Declining wages and increased work load are the main new trends leading to job dissatisfaction, according to the study.
Timothy Egan at The New York Times noted that this “sad survey is further proof of two truisms” of American life:
One, the timeless line from Thoreau that “the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” The other, less known, came from Homer Simpson by way of fatherly advice, after being asked about a labor dispute by his daughter Lisa. “If you don’t like your job,” he said, “you don’t strike, you just go in there every day and do it really half-assed. That’s the American way.” [New York Times]