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Are you grateful to just have a job?

I read this interesting article today about a study by and the Human Capital Institute indicating that bosses are overestimating their employees’ morale. The study indicates that while employers think their employees are happy just to have any job in this economy, the employees themselves see it very differently – by a factor of 30%. The employees resent losing perks and benefits to the point that many are prepared to leave their companies as soon as the economy rebounds. And it got me thinking, if some of the things I treasure most about my job… my child care, my flexibility, the generally nice and friendly atmosphere… changed, would I be satisfied just to be in the job if the alternative was no job at all with little prospect of finding one any time soon? I have to say that despite the fact that my family depends critically on my income and that I personally prefer being a working mom than the prospect of being a stay-at-home mom, for the first time ever in my life, I know the answer is an “unequivocal no.” For me, the fulfillment, value and satisfaction I need to derive from my work have changed, not just as I’ve become a parent, but as I’ve learned more about spectrum of workplace environments. But I know that’s not true for everyone. What about you? Do you feel fortunate to have any job at all during the recession or do you need something more than a paycheck to get by?


  1. Anonymous November 18, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    It was certainly interesting for me to read that blog. Thanks for it. I like such themes and everything that is connected to this matter. I would like to read more on that blog soon.

  2. Anonymous November 18, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    I have to be honest. I am lucky to have 'found' a job in this economy and that too on my own terms. I have been a SAHM for over a year by choice and I have only done it twice in the short time of 4 years and never been able to do it more than one year. I get restless because I allow my 'profession' to define a large part of 'who I am'. This is my problem but I do know that sending my child to preschool and allowing socializing is the best thing for her and I am deeply grateful and feel blessed that I am able to do it on my own terms.

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