Survey: U.S. employees increasingly ‘satisfied’ at work

Fresh data reveal that workers are sanguine about most workplace conditions, though professional development opportunities lag.  

Plenty of people dread going to work, but most Americans are pretty pleased with their gigs.

A recent survey from The Conference Board found that 51 percent of U.S. employees feel “overall satisfied with their job.” Respondents were asked to rank their level of workplace satisfaction based on 23 components that can make, break and shape employee experience:

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Key findings from the survey include:

Job satisfaction is improving faster for lower-income households. According to The Conference Board: “The tightening labor market has become more visible in blue-collar and low-paid services occupations than in white-collar occupations. As a result, labor market conditions for these workers have improved, and so has their job satisfaction.”

Overall job satisfaction increased for the seventh year in a row. During this time, according to The Conference Board, “period wages and job security saw the largest improvements. Satisfaction has increased each year following the Great Recession.”

Greatest satisfaction: a job’s relational and social aspects. The top five workplace components that respondents raved about were:

  • People at work
  • Commute to work
  • Interest in work
  • Supervisor
  • Physical environment

Greatest disappointment: a job’s professional development and recognition aspects. The top five workplace components that respondents griped about were:

  • Workload
  • Educational/job training programs
  • Performance review process
  • Bonus plan
  • Promotion policy

Minnesota is the state with the highest job satisfaction. Is it because of “Minnesota nice,” or maybe all the lakes? Perhaps people are appreciative of a nice, warm office to shelter in? The Conference Board posits: “Potential explanations come from the state’s strong job market, which is much tighter than the national job market.”

Read more about The Conference Board’s findings here.

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