RICHMOND, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Americans are happy at work, just
not as happy as they used to be.
According to a just-released national survey - the third annual
SnagAJob.com Labor Happiness Index - more than half of the U.S.
workforce (58%) says they are happy on the job, but that figure is
7 percentage points, a significant drop from 2008. The survey,
by Ipsos Public Affairs, polled more than 1,000 salaried and hourly
employees across the country.
"Even as we continue to face layoffs and other corporate cutbacks,
majority of the American workforce remains upbeat about their
said Shawn Boyer, founder and CEO of SnagAJob.com. "But on the
we're not as happy. Ongoing anxiety about the economy may well be
chipping away at the happiness level."
In a climate that has seen 6.7 million U.S. workers lose their jobs
(source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics), only one in four (24%)
their happiness was based on the fact they were employed. A
significantly higher percentage (41%) said they were happy that
jobs give them personal satisfaction or suit their lifestyle.