business / Culture

“Do what you love and love what you do.”

Do you love your job? Yes, no, maybe?

Well, many americans do not according to CBS News. Even Americans who are lucky enough to have work in this economy are becoming more unhappy with their jobs, according to a new survey that found only 45 percent of Americans are satisfied with their work.

The drop in workers’ happiness can be partly blamed on the worst recession since the 1930s, which made it difficult for some people to find challenging and suitable jobs. But worker dissatisfaction has been on the rise for more than two decades.

Workers have grown steadily more unhappy for a variety of reasons:

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– Fewer workers consider their jobs to be interesting.

– Incomes have not kept up with inflation.

– The soaring cost of health insurance has eaten into workers’ take-home pay.

While we are seeing positive movement in the right direction, this trend may signal increased satisfaction with simply having a job rather than demonstrate increased engagement or happiness,” says Rebecca Ray, senior vice president of human capital at The Conference Board.

If the job satisfaction trend is not reversed, economists say, it could stifle innovation and hurt America’s competitiveness and productivity. And it could make unhappy older workers less inclined to take the time to share their knowledge and skills with younger workers.

Workplace Bullying

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“Bullying wasn’t okay in elementary school and it isn’t okay now.” ~ John Doolittle

The statistics are staggering: according to the 2010 U.S. Workforce Bullying Institute Survey,1 over 53 million Americans, 35 percent of the U.S. workforce, report having been bullied at some point in their career. An additional 15 percent report witnessing bullying at work. Today, workplace bullying is estimated as four times more prevalent than illegal harassment. Is bullying the “silent epidemic” of today’s U.S. workforce?

What is being done to help employers and employees free the environment from toxic behavior? I found some interesting links which can help you dealing with the workplace situation. Bust first of all you need to distinguish between bullying and teasing: Ten signs you’re being bullied at work

So if there is a high chance of you being bullied at work you can use this website to find a way to handle this. Furthermore, here is a quick checklist for you:

Use this simple checklist to help you stop the bully in your workplace:

  1. Clearly state your organisation’s intolerance of workplace bullying.
  2. Establish policies and procedures and provide training in their implementation to prevent workplace bullying.
  3. Appoint a workplace bullying officer.
  4. Make it a regular agenda item on the OHS Committee meetings.
  5. Listen carefully to what is occurring in the workplace.
  6. Investigate all complaints of workplace bullying.
  7. Act immediately and firmly.
  8. Keep records of bullying incidents.
  9. Get some training and assistance.
  10. Monitor the workplace for indications of workplace bullying and identify the reasons for bullying.
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3 thoughts on ““Do what you love and love what you do.”

  1. Well done Lucy! I think you have chosen a great and very important topic which is also very recent. Many people are afraid of talking about the serious issue of bullying at work which nowadays is more present than ever I guess. I also like your style; how you write and explain things. All in all it’s a good post and you’ve used links, too. I could imagine that there are some options to make the layout look even better than it already does. Great job!

  2. Hey lucy,
    first of all I want to point our that you presented the info on this topic really nicely. It was a difficult topic, but you handled it pretty cool. I especially like your pictures, your headline, which I consider to be really catching and most of all your checklist at the end. That was a really cool idea 🙂
    The only thing I would like to suggest for improvement is to use headings. Wouldn’t it be cool to introduce the single paragraphs and statements with questions or quotes?
    For example: Has bullying been a problem millions of years ago? or WHat does my grandpa say about workplace bullying- a human, all present topic??
    Cn’t wait to read more of your posts 🙂

  3. Hey Lucy!

    What an interesting topic! Like Caro wrote, great presentation. You included two subheadings (with interesting titles), pictures that display your content, it is neither too long nor too short. I especially admire how you combined writing with the reportive speech and quoted facts or suggestions.
    If you keep up with this topic, why not use the personal story telling? I’m sure everyone came across bullying in one way or another and that could be a great introduction, ending it with where it lead you. I’m curious to read more about it and hope you keep up with this way of writing as it makes your Post easy to read without losing the professional view!

    Charlene

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