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Old 06-30-2013, 08:43 AM   #1
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Default Americans hate their jobs, even with perks

USA Today passes along these happy thoughts as another workweek beckons

Americans hate their jobs, even with perks

If you hate your job, you're not alone. But having in-office access to catered meals, a pingpong table or free massages may not make you any happier at work.

Just 30% of employees are engaged and inspired at work, according to Gallup's 2013 State of the American Workplace Report, which surveyed more than 150,000 full- and part-time workers during 2012. That's up from 28% in 2010. The rest … not so much. A little more than half of workers (52%) have a perpetual case of the Mondays — they're present, but not particularly excited about their job.

The remaining 18% are actively disengaged or, as Gallup CEO Jim Clifton put it in the report, "roam the halls spreading discontent."


http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/...perks/2457089/

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Old 06-30-2013, 09:06 AM   #2
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I'm one of the lucky few who likes my job.
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I'm one of the lucky few who likes my job.
Yep - I am just passing along the story

Fact is with the recession a lot of deserving folks are unemployed or underemployed in jobs from which they cannot move on
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:23 AM   #4
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i enjoy my job as well. There are times I get frustrated, but overall it's something I have fun doing for various reasons.
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Fact is with the recession a lot of deserving folks are unemployed or underemployed in jobs from which they cannot move on
That's one of the strongest attributes of my career: job security. I am in minimal fear of ever bring laid off. It's my job... until I retire.

The only "problem": my commute. I used to live eight minutes away. But, four years ago, I moved to the community where my wife lives, because I didn't want to relocate her daughter (my step-daughter) until she finishes high school. Thus, I commute three hours per day... (but, only for three more years).
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That's one of the strongest attributes of my career: job security. I am in minimal fear of ever bring laid off. It's my job... until I retire. .
Job security is great if you can get it. My guess is these workers may not be brimming with enthusiasm for their current employment status

The 4 A.M. Army

Every morning, hundreds of thousands of workers show up for jobs that are unseen, uncertain and underpaid—and vital to the U.S. economy

It’s 4:18 a.m., and the strip mall in Hanover Park, Ill., is deserted. But tucked in back, next to a closed-down video store, an employment agency is already filling up. Rosa Ramirez enters, as she has done nearly every morning for the past six months. She signs in, sits down in one of the 100 or so blue plastic chairs that fill the office, and waits. Over the next three hours, dispatchers will bark out the names of those who will work today....

Outsourcing to temp agencies has cut deep into the U.S. job market: 1 in 5 manual laborers who move and pack merchandise is now a temp, as is 1 in 6 team assemblers, who often work at auto plants. This system insulates companies from workers’-­compensation claims, unemployment taxes, union drives and the duty to ensure that their workers are legal immigrants. Meanwhile, the temps suffer high injury rates, and ­many of them endure hours of unpaid waiting and face fees that depress their pay below the minimum wage. Many get by renting rooms in run-down houses, eating dinners of beans and potatoes and surviving on food banks and taxpayer-funded health care. They almost never get benefits and have little opportunity for advancement.


http://nation.time.com/2013/06/27/the-4-am-army/

OTOH it is better then ever to be the king

According to an updated analysis, the top 200 chief executives at public companies with at least $1 billion in revenue actually got a big raise last year, over all. The research, conducted for Sunday Business by Equilar Inc., the executive compensation analysis firm, found that the median 2012 pay package came in at $15.1 million — a leap of 16 percent from 2011.

So much for the idea that shareholders were finally getting through to corporate boards on the topic of reining in pay.


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Work is a means to an end for most people. It's a necessary evil to be able to enjoy life when you're not working. It is also the vehicle for improving quality of life for yourselves and your families. Unless we go all Star Trek and eliminate the need for economics and the quest to accumulate wealth, the ability to earn money will ultimately drive the way we live our lives and decide what kinds of lifestyles we are able to live and provide for our families.
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It's because them there gays can get married now.
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I don't think I'd be able to stand a long commute, but job security is nice. And one of the most important things to me is liking the people I work with. I also get to be outside a lot and that makes it pretty swell too.
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Old 06-30-2013, 05:42 PM   #10
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Which americans are we talking about the ones that sit in cubicals all day or the ones working?
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