Friday, March 2, 2007

How Happy Are You at Work?

Happyemployee Seems like people are happier when they get paid what they believe they should.  No surprise there. But people are happier when they work more?

From the The BLT Blog:

Last Friday, The Conference Board reported on its new study of job satisfaction in America. (I don't see the full report on its Web site, but a press release giving more detail is available here.) Among the study's findings: Slightly less than half of workers surveyed were satisfied with their jobs overall, and only 36 percent were satisfied with their wages.

Interestingly, worker satisfaction increased with hours worked per week -- at least from a workweek of 40 hours through one of 59 hours. Job satisfaction began to drop at a workweek of 60 or more hours, though.

It seems like if people really like their jobs and derive satisfaction from them, they are willing to put those extra hours in to do the best job possible.  That being said, there does come a time when endurance and stamina give way and sheer exhaustion takes over.

Been there, done that.

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Here is an article from the Times along the same vein:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/03/technology/03money.html?ex=1330578000&en=c1a3062fdc357c86&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

I wonder how the information market affects perceptions of salary contentedness--keeping up with the Joneses, as it were. Also, I wonder to what extent salary negotiations are possible--a lot of sociological and organizational literature out there on how access to social networks determines wage increases. So whether or not you're happy could depend on how much you know (ignorance is bliss?), and how much you can do to change it.

That said, the happiest I've been is working too much at something I love for too little money. I wonder if that's the delightful accident of youthful naivete.

Posted by: Dana Nguyen | Mar 2, 2007 12:47:01 PM

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