Friday, March 2, 2007
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.