A Lot Of People Hate Their Job. Is That Necessarily A Bad Thing?

“Profession isn’t purpose or personality.”

Ted Bauer

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You need to take anything that The Wall Street Journal says with a grain of salt, especially about work or management or in-office performance, because that publication is very (very) specifically geared towards the 10% (an extension of the 1%), and the people that read it mostly want drones in cubicles hitting meaningless targets and managers feeling good about themselves.

So, here’s a rare article from them which speaks to “worker plight:”

Here’s the essence of this article:

Despite wage increases, more paid time off and greater control over where they work, the number of U.S. workers who say they are angry, stressed and disengaged is climbing, according to Gallup’s 2023 workplace report. Meanwhile, a BambooHR analysis of data from more than 57,000 workers shows job-satisfaction scores have fallen to their lowest point since early 2020, after a 10% drop this year alone.

In interviews with workers around the country, it is clear the unhappiness is part of a rethinking of work life that began in 2020. The sources of workers’ discontent range from inflation, which is erasing much of recent pay gains, to the still-unsettled nature of the workday. People chafe against being micromanaged back to offices, yet they also find isolating aspects of hybrid and remote work. A cooling job market — especially in white-collar roles — is…

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Ted Bauer

Mostly write about work, leadership, friendship, masculinity, male infertility, and some other stuff along the way. It's a pleasure to be here.