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Poll: 70% Hate Their Jobs
And that ping-pong table isn't helping
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jun 25, 2013 7:40 AM CDT
Some 70% of Americans feel negatively about their jobs, a Gallup study finds.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – If you're reading this at a job you hate, you're in good company: Some 70% of Americans either hate or are totally uninterested in their jobs, a Gallup study of 150,000 people finds. While some 18% are "actively disengaged"—for instance, actually looking for jobs online while at work, or "roam(ing) the halls spreading discontent"—another 50% are simply "disengaged," or not feeling particularly "inspired," the New York Daily News reports.

That's not just bad news for the workers: It's bad for the economy, as well, costing some $450 billion to $550 billion yearly in lack of productivity, days off, and workplace theft. One potential remedy, however, is working from home: Workers who had the opportunity were actually more engaged than their fellow employees. Benefits, on the other hand, aren't a big help, Today notes: Perks like ping-pong tables and massage did little to improve morale.

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Jun 26, 2013 1:24 AM CDT
Reminds one of farmers take on the weather- its either too hot, too cold, too dry, too wet, too cloudy, etc.... Seems to be a built in trait that's now migrated from Rule America to Urban America. One good note tho- God just lets Complainers "Live On"............ha
Jun 25, 2013 10:53 PM CDT
I NEVER had a bad job and I have worked as a garbage collector, construction worker / manual laborer, truck driver, maintenance person, draftsman, salesman, engineer, sales manager, vice president and owner of my own business, but then I kept going to school and educating myself so I could advance. If I had sat on my ass and worked my life in any one of those positions life wouldn't have been nearly as interesting.
Jun 25, 2013 6:48 PM CDT
Every employer in america should FIRE 13.8% (the real unemployment rate) or their employees and hire the 13.8% who have been unemployed since obama took office...Watch how fast the "people who hate their jobs" poll numbers change!