A recent study conducted by market research company GfK and sponsored by Monster.com found that in the United States, 53% of workers reported that they liked or loved their jobs, 31% reported they were merely satisfied, and 15% reported they disliked or hated their jobs. Of those who were least satisfied, 21% made under $50,000, while only 10% making more than $50,000 were dissatisfied.
This study leads to speculation about the relationship of money to job satisfaction. A significant issue to consider is that no matter how much money you make, if you don’t like what you do, you can still be dissatisfied, and, you may dislike your job for other reasons besides the actual work you perform. For example, reasons for job dissatisfaction include disliking management techniques, having to travel constantly, too much overtime, a long commute, and feeling overwhelmed with work.
If you are dissatisfied with your job for any reason, consider change. You may find other jobs you would like within your own company or other companies as well. On the other hand, you may have valid reasons not to leave a job you hate. For example, you may be so near retirement, that you don’t want to lose your benefits. Optionally, the flexibility of your job may allow you to take care of a sick family member.
Hallie Crawford and Terry Wynne
Certified Career Coaches
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