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Workers less satisfied with their jobs

Posted on November 7th, 2013 Read time: 1 minutes

Although the economy grew last year, a new survey shows employee pride dropped significantly during the same period. This year, only 38.5 percent of Americans said they feel fulfilled by their work, which is down from 59.2 percent in 2012, according to surveys from Salary.com

All around, workers expressed more negative sentiment about their careers. Almost three-quarters of employees said they work primarily for a paycheck, compared to only 55 percent in 2012. When asked if they were to win the lottery, 29.5 percent said they would continue working, down from 41.5 percent last year. Nearly half of employees last year said they work extra hours because they enjoy the job, only 19.5 percent felt that way in 2013.

"Employees may be taking a harder, more critical look at their lives, their work and personal situation," said Abby Euler, general manager at Salary.com. "They're evaluating their careers by measuring overall fulfillment and asking, what does my career add to my life? Am I where I want to be in life?"

In coming years, more workers could leave their jobs in search of more fulfilling careers. A rise in temporary workers could be seen as individuals try out new industries or sample positions at different companies.

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