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U.S. workers are mostly happy

How happy are you in your job?

If you’re like most Americans, you should be pretty satisfied.

In fact, among the 1,500 employed people surveyed by The Conference Board, 51 percent said they were satisfied with their jobs.

The study asked respondents to rank their job satisfaction based on 23 components. One of the aspects in which the largest percentage expressed satisfaction was social — 62.4 percent gave a thumbs up to “people at work,” while 57.5 percent were happy with their bosses.

More than 60 percent were satisfied with their commute, 59.6 percent were happy with the degree of interest they found in their work, and 55.9 percent with their jobs’ physical environment.

Of course, not everyone’s happy about everything.

Just 36.1 percent were fine with their workload, for example. Also, less than 33 percent said they were satisfied with their educational/job training programs.

That’s obviously a signal to employers.

“To attract and retain the most productive employees in today’s labor market, companies must make a bigger commitment to addressing the factors within their control,” Conference Board Executive Vice President Rebecca L. Ray said in a press release. “As workers continue to voluntarily leave their jobs at a record rate, the need to prioritize components relating to their professional development could not come at a more pressing time.”

You’ve heard us address this in the past but it bears repeating: Keeping employees happy cuts down on turnover, which saves companies money.

More to the point, companies often can easily address the issues that drive their workers to move on. After all, training programs are typically far cheaper than endlessly hiring new workers.

About the Author

Lon Matejczyk

Lon is the former publisher of the Colorado Springs Business Journal and Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Group.He has served in leadership roles at various newspapers in Iowa, Florida and Wisconsin. Lon received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and attended the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Earlier in his career, Lon spent several years as a sea captain and held a 100-ton Coast Guard license. Lon is a former rugby player, referee and administrator and now coaches under 13 year old kids. Lon has served on the boards of numerous community and business organizations including Colorado Springs Leadership Institute, Peak Venture Group, CS Quality of Life Indicators Business Index Committee, Junior Achievement and is a member of The Colorado Thirty Group.  Lon was given the “Making the Pikes Peak region a better place to live work and play” award by the CS Chamber of Commerce, was the VFW Post 1’s business citizen of the year.

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