Not Crazy About the Job, But Still Checking In From Vacation

It was good news-bad news in the latest issue of Staffing Industry Review. Apparently job satisfaction is at its highest level frownies2since the recession, but still low.

Job satisfaction in the 1980s and ’90s routinely neared 60 percent or higher; 2005 was the last year in which a majority of Americans was satisfied at work (52.1 percent). Now, according to a survey by The Conference Board, only 47.7 percent of U.S. workers are satisfied with their jobs, up from an all-time low of 42.6 percent in 2010.

Maybe one reason is that workers no longer enjoy personal time.

The Randstad Engagement Study revealed that many workers never feel they are off-the-clock; 45 percent said they feel obligated to respond to email after hours, and 47 percent said they feel guilty if they don’t work, from home or on site, when sick.

And vacation isn’t what it used to be. 42 percent of U.S. employees surveyed feel obligated to check in with work when they are on vacation and 26 percent feel guilty if they use all of their earned vacation days.

About Kate Perrin

Kate Perrin is CEO of PRofessional Solutions, LLC, the Washington, DC area's only public relations temporary staffing firm. PRofessional Solutions, founded in 1994, was named one of the 25 largest staffing agencies in the metropolitan area in 2015 by the Washington Business Journal. It's also proud sponsor of Washington Women in Public Relations and the Public Relations Society of America's National Capital Chapter.
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