Job Satisfaction

The novelty has worn off, but the end isn’t in sight. Perhaps that’s why middle-aged employees are especially likely to feel that work is a drag. In a Conference Board survey conducted in July, 17.7 percent of 45- to 54-year-olds said they’re not satisfied with their jobs, vs. 11.8 percent of those 65-plus and 12.8 percent of workers under age 25. All told, 48.9 percent of 5,000 respondents said they’re satisfied with their jobs, while 35.4 percent were “neutral” and 15.7 percent not satisfied. There isn’t a vast difference in satisfaction rates between workers earning less than $15,000 a year and those making more than $50,000 (45.4 percent vs. 53.4 percent). The sharp disparity is in the proportion of each group declaring themselves dissatisfied: 29.7 percent of the under-$15,000s vs. 11.8 percent of the $50,000-and-overs. What’s the best thing about work? Getting there and back, evidently, as people were more apt to be satisfied with their commute (57.9 percent) than with any other aspect of their job. The chart here looks at several other elements of job satisfaction.