Are you grateful to just have a job?
I read this interesting article today about a study by Monster.com 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?