Are you satisfied with your job? Probably not, according to a comprehensive survey that found that workplace satisfaction has been on the decline for the past three years. All of those unhappy employees dragged down an index that ranks cities and states on their overall well-being.
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Based on 2010 findings from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, workers are increasingly disgruntled over things like employer trust and relations with bosses. In addition to work environments, the index looks at five other factors — life evaluation, emotional health, physical health, healthy behaviors and basic access — to rank the overall well-being of cities and states.
Older workers are no strangers to feelings of discontent in the workplace. U.S. employers shed 8.5 million jobs between December 2007 and December 2009 alone, and older job seekers are finding themselves out of work for 44 weeks, on average. Many are increasingly accepting part-time jobs or seasonal employment to make ends meet.
Despite the decline in attitudes toward work environments during 2010, the Well-Being Index saw some year-over-year improvement in emotional health, which gauges depression levels; and healthy behaviors, which looks at smoking, eating and exercise habits. Life evaluation, which weighs the state of your life now versus where you hope to be in five years, also improved.
The physical health portion of the index, which reflects data such as the number of sick days taken and obesity levels, was little changed from 2009, as was the basic access portion, which measures availability of necessities such as health care. Gallup based the 2010 findings on more than 350,000 surveys.