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Training Magazine surveyed over 1,000 workers on their feelings about their jobs and the results were interesting. Here is a segment of their findings:
Nearly two-thirds of working Americans seriously doubt they'll be able to ever retire, and while they are satisfied with their work, many fear taking time off from their jobs and feel disconnected from their companies, according to the StrategyOne Labor Day Public Opinion Survey of 1,043 Americans, including 613 who work either full- or part-time. Results include:
The vast majority of 613 employed Americans who were surveyed describe themselves as satisfied with their jobs (82 percent) and report they get satisfaction from their work (80 percent). About three out of four (72 percent) also said they enjoy where they work and look forward to coming to work every day.
An equally high percentages of workers said they feel respected by their bosses (83 percent) and feel their boss respects their work (82 percent). Co-workers also got high marks, with three out of four Americans (74 percent) saying their colleagues are among the best things about where they work.
Some 64 percent believe that realistically they won't ever be able to stop working and retire.
Almost half (46 percent) of workers have had their wages or salaries reduced over the last couple of years, and a similar segment are concerned about losing their jobs (44 percent) or having their hours cut back (48 percent).
About four in 10 workers (37 percent) described themselves as underemployed and said they are not working as many hours as they would like because there is not enough work available at their current jobs. A similar percentage of workers (40 percent) said their bosses expect them to work extra hours without raises or additional compensation.
The vast majority of the workforce (78 percent) described itself as working to live--compared to 22 percent who said work is their top priority in life.
One-quarter of workers (26 percent) said they fear being fired if they take a day off, although nearly half strongly disagreed with that suggestion.
Almost 82 percent of workers said they communicate well with their bosses, but 44 percent said their companies put corporate "values" on the wall that are mostly meaningless to them.
What are your thoughts on this survey? What numbers surprise you? Do you think any of the findings may be incorrect or maybe misleading? Do you see any of these statistics changing with your generation - how so?
Mr. Tucker is in his 22nd year as the instructor for the Graphic Arts program. Prior to his teaching career he worked in the flexography industry for ten years and in quick printing for ten years.
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