I came across two interesting studies today that paint a pessimistic view of attitudes in the workplace.
The first is a national survey from the Marlin Company showing that 75% of US workers believe the American Dream is not as attainable as it was eight years ago. More than half say it’s simply “unattainable” for the average American (about the same number, by the way, blame the political system for their woes).
And what is the American dream? In the survey, it’s defined as “the opportunity to have a nice home, financial security for you and your family, and hope for the future.”
The second study, from The Economic Policy Institute, points to one potential reason for the bitterness: family incomes have become shakier in recent years. Almost 10% of working-age adults have experienced a severe income drop at some point over the past eight years. And the volatility doesn’t come from all those women with Harvard MBAs choosing to stay home with their babies. Dual-earner families have experienced less volatility than those that have one breadwinner and a stay-at-home spouse.
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