Report Shows Even the Wealthy are Unhappy

The New York Times reported about how the majority of even high-earning Americans are dissatisfied with their jobs. Do you feel:

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Working at a job that a person enjoys compared to working at a job that pays a fairly high wage or salary are two different mediums that some of the working class in America tend to ignore. In an editorial featured in New York Times Magazine, there was a study featured, conducted by The Conference Board, which stated that since the 1980’s Americans have continually become more and more dissatisfied with their line of work.

The study showed that 61 percent of Americans were satisfied in the 1980’s, but the number continued to drop and fell to an all-time low in 2010, when only a reported 43 percent of people in the U.S. enjoyed their job. During that time, the U.S. was still going through its housing crisis and economic recession that began in 2008. Since the all-time low in percentage, The Conference Board study showed in a graph that satisfaction is steadily rising again and in 2016 it reported that about 50.8 percent of people in the country were satisfied with their jobs and later reported in 2018 that the satisfaction rate has risen to 51 percent.

2016 was the first time since 2005 that 50 or more percent of Americans were reportedly satisfied and the last time the number came close to 60 percent was in 1995 when 58 percent reported being happy with their job, according to The Conference Board graph.

However, that study doesn’t take into account what type of job the person is working or what their earnings look like. In fact, in the New York Times editorial, it talked about how many people that have high-paying jobs are unhappy with their work. There is apparently a phrase for having that mindset in which a person is miserable despite receiving a high salary and benefits and it’s called “Comfortable Misery,” according to Career Cast.

Career Cast states that the reason people with high-paying jobs are suffering from this psychological mindset is because they feel pressured to maintain the status quo. They also go on to state that, “Those suffering from Comfortable Misery run efficiently on autopilot,” going on to talk about how they just try to get through the work day and not really giving an effort because those people aren’t doing what they envisioned as their dream job. That status quo, according to Career Cast, is the fact that many Americans believe in a “Puritan” work ethic. They also go on to adhere to the instances in which parents of those in the Baby Boomer generation taught them about how lucky they were to even have a job, compared to what the parents experienced during The Great Depression.

An interesting, albeit far-fetched, comparison comes in the form of a professional athlete who is not satisfied with the team they may be apart of either because: they simply don’t want to be there, or the team hasn’t become or seen any amount of success since the athlete arrived and played for them. There are many instances in which a team will offer a player a high-paying contract, but that player rejects it in order to go somewhere they’ll feel happy and possibly successful even if it means making less money.

So the dilemma that a person may be facing in terms of their career, even if it’s a high-paying one, isn’t trying to maintain the status quo while continuing to perform their duties. It’s whether or not that person is happy with what they do in their life. For a lot of people it may come down to that decision of happiness over wealth and for a lot of America, that may be easier said than done.

Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

The New York Times reported about how the majority of even high-earning Americans are dissatisfied with their jobs. Do you feel:

62% Satisfied
38% Dissatisfied
61% Satisfied
39% Dissatisfied
65% Satisfied
35% Dissatisfied



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