A new survey that involved more than 150,000 U.S. adults in 2012 found that those with a college degree were less likely to feel enthusiastic about their jobs than workers with a high school degree. This finding was deemed bad for the U.S. economy. Duh!
The truth is that the majority of American workers are not happy in their jobs and many different surveys have found this to be true. In fact, the trend seems to be accelerating since the 2008 recession. Many factors are cited but this new survey points to issues involving a person’s interests and strengths versus what they learn in college and then what jobs they’re able to get. A key point is that the most enthusiastic workers are those people with a high school degree who work in management or at the executive level. Is this because they’re self-made and had to be highly motivated to reach their position? Do they just appreciate their job more without college?
Another group that was more enthusiastic were those who held post-graduate degrees or training (lawyers, doctors, etc.). The people behind the study speculated that these folks had a passion for their field, and were thus, more enthusiastic. Logic would indicate that if you spent a couple extra years in school just to get a certain job, that’s likely. Ultimately, if we want a workforce that is happy and enthusiastic about their jobs, we need to create jobs that people want and work environments that are human-centered as opposed to profit centered. Work in America is currently vicious, adversarial and based on maximizing profits and minimizing the human factor in all ways.
Large companies like to talk about how their employees are critical to success while they reward executives, lay off regular workers, curtail benefits and tell the remaining workers, “If you don’t like it, there’s the door!” That sort of treatment is bound to create a less than pleasant feeling toward an employer.
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