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:
– 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.
“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:
- Clearly state your organisation’s intolerance of workplace bullying.
- Establish policies and procedures and provide training in their implementation to prevent workplace bullying.
- Appoint a workplace bullying officer.
- Make it a regular agenda item on the OHS Committee meetings.
- Listen carefully to what is occurring in the workplace.
- Investigate all complaints of workplace bullying.
- Act immediately and firmly.
- Keep records of bullying incidents.
- Get some training and assistance.
- Monitor the workplace for indications of workplace bullying and identify the reasons for bullying.