Worker Dissatisfaction May Signal More Confidence for Job Seekers

Thursday, January 06, 2011

In what is potentially a sign of good economic news, the number of American workers willing to describe themselves as dissatisfied with their jobs seems to be climbing. This comes from an admittedly unscientific online survey of over 1,400 people, each currently employed, by the management consulting firm “Right Management." 84 percent of respondents said that they plan to actively seek a new job this year. That's up from 60 percent in a similar poll conducted a year earlier. In the poll, only five percent said that they plan to remain in their current positions all year long.

To tell us why American employees are so unhappy with their work, and what it might mean for the job growth cycle, we speak with William Rodgers, professor and chief economist of the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. We also hear from Takeaway listener, Ryan Wineland, who plans to leave his current job for new opportunities.


William Rodgers and Ryan Wineland

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [1]

Patricia from NYC

My job is ok, they gave me the hours I need - which is great. But it's not intellectually or creatively fulfilling. I had my own business for about 3 years. My sales slowed down and I needed to get a temp assignment. When I started my business 4 years ago I temped as well I was making 20% more than now. The way I see it, this is only temporary, I don't plan to make a career out of this assignment. Not interested in a full time position with them. They a good enough company but I've done the Corporate America thing and it's just not for me.

Jan. 06 2011 08:42 AM

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