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Unhappy workers


A new survey finds that half of all US employees are really not happy with their current job.

Mercer's new What's Working survey, was conducted over the past two quarters among nearly 30,000 workers in 17 countries, including 2,400 workers in the US.

Nearly one in three US workers is seriously considering leaving his or her organization at the present time, up sharply from 23% in 2005. Meanwhile, another 21% are not looking to leave but view their employers unfavorably.

Caused by the speedup, no doubt.

Why keep doing what makes you unhappy? Well, because you must, of course. But each rent you get rid of is one more degree of freedom. Plus, getting rid of health hazards like the teebee is a good thing in itself.

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Submitted by Jessica Yogini on

We need a vocabulary that clearly distinguishes between creating and taking. Economics ignores this across the board.
Rising productivity from new, more powerful toys or from better organization of work (for example, to more fully utilize the new toys) creates more output with less human effort.
Rising "productivity" from making the same people do more work and do it longer creates more output with more human effort. Typically, the increase in output is less than the increase in effort (because too much work at the same time and too long hours makes tired). This kind of "productivity" is actually less efficient.
To build the society in which we can grow our own iPods (=enjoy the fruits of industry and be human beings at the same time), we need the difference between creating and taking to be widely understood. I don't think it is. Definitely not in the info/propaganda stream from Versailles.

Submitted by regulararmyfool on

Worked as a temp for United Parcel Systems in a regional office. Worked nights so we didn't have contact with the workers. Set us up in the executive offices.

Temps are stupid, right? We'd never look at documents lying on a VPs desk stamped "confidential."

A blind survey was done of the workers. No one could be identified. The results startled me. A survey of job satisfaction. Now these were hard core union people being surveyed, well paid, good benefits, etc.

Over 90 percent of the respondents did not like their jobs. That might have been weighted by the ones that really wanted to tell the company to "take this job and shove it." I would expect them to have a higher "don't like" rate than non respondents, but it was interesting to read.

Submitted by Hugh on

35 years of kleptocracy will do that. There are many different variables here. Do workers feel respected? Do they think their work is valued? Do they feel they have a cooperative or adversarial relationship to their superiors?

Do they think their pay is fair for what they do? Do they think it represents a fair split between their production and corporate profits?

What do they think about their benefits, if any? Their hours? Their working conditions? Their job's stability? Will they and their job be there in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?

Kleptocracy places great stresses on the workers it robs and puts into debt. But it also serves to discredit the measures we are given and told represent progress: the GDP, size of the government deficit, the level of the stock market, and inadvertently raises the issue of what kind of a society we want to have, i.e. one that is fairer, stable and sustainable, that can build and maintain infrastructure and provide affordable housing, good long term jobs, healthcare, education, and retirement.