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51% of U.S. employees satisfied with their job, Minnesota No1

Staff Writer |
The Conference Board's latest survey on job satisfaction finds that 51 percent of U.S. employees feel overall satisfied with their job.

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The results also show that, over the last seven years, employee attitudes about wages and job security experienced the biggest improvements.

However, workers feel quite disappointed with their job's professional development aspects – a warning signal for any organization looking to attract and retain talent in today's tight labor market.

The Conference Board's survey gauged approximately 1,500 employed individuals, who together comprise a snapshot of the U.S. workforce. Participants weighed in on 23 components that contribute to job satisfaction.

The tightening labor market has become more visible in blue-collar and low-paid services occupations than in white-collar occupations. As a result, labor market conditions for these workers have improved, and so has their job satisfaction.

Among the 23 survey components, participants gave the highest marks to the following five: in first place, People at work, followed by Commute to work; Interest in work; Supervisor; and Physical environment.

Among the 23 survey components, participants gave the lowest marks to the following five: Workload; Educational/job training programs; Performance review process; Bonus plan; and, in last place, Promotion policy.

Minnesota displaced Texas, the prior frontrunner, as the state with the highest job satisfaction (58 percent). Potential explanations come from the state's strong job market, which is much tighter than the national job market.