How's Your Work Life?


Americans feel lukewarm about their workplaces at the moment -- even as they worry that their jobs aren't particularly secure and that the Bush Administration is doing a poor job of creating employment opportunities. Those are some of the conclusions from our Sept. 24 Reader Survey.

About 53% of the 1,100-plus people who responded said their jobs are "O.K.," vs. the 19% who said they hate their jobs and the 13% who said they love them.

Those opinions likely reflect a number of factors: Some 36% of those who responded said they're working harder now than a year ago, vs. 26% who said they aren't working as hard.

WEAKNESS IN WASHINGTON. Moreover, 41% said they didn't get a raise in 2002, vs. the 45% who did. And 45% either aren't sure that they'll get a raise in 2003 or don't think they will, vs. the 51% who think their pay will rise.

Although 45% think their job is secure right now, a combined total of 48% either think their job isn't secure, or aren't sure.

Nor do a majority see much of promise on the horizon: Some 57% rate the Bush Administration's efforts to ensure that everyone who wants a good job can get one as "poor," vs. the 14% who think the Administration is doing a good job, and the 4% who give it a mark of excellent. About 66% think it would be "not easy at all" to find a new job right away, vs. the combined 27% who think they could land one pretty very easily or reasonably easily.

GLAD TO BE WORKING. The juxtaposition of opinions on staffing and productivity in the workplaces of the people who responded presents a striking picture. For instance, 17% said the number of employees in their workplace has risen over the past year -- nearly the same number (19%) who believe their company is "very productive."

Some 48% say the number of people in their workplace has fallen over the past year -- almost the same number that say their workplace is only "somewhat productive" (46%). Some 25% say the number of employees in their workplace has stayed the same in the past year -- nearly equivalent to the number that regard their company as "not very productive" (27%).

Questions on workplace likes and dislikes elicited a wide range of responses. People seem happiest with the nature of their work and "the fact that I have a job," with pay levels a distant third as a source of satisfaction. That was consistent with the answers on what people like least about their jobs, where pay nearly headed the list.

Here are the complete survey results, which as always is unscientific, since anyone who wished to could participate:

How do you feel right now about your job?

Option

Total

%

I love it

157

13.34 %

It's O.K.

620

52.68 %

I hate it

225

19.12 %

Not sure

88

7.48 %

I don't have one

87

7.39 %

Compared with a year ago, are you:

Option

Total

%

Working harder

428

36.39 %

Working about as hard

340

28.91 %

Not working as hard

307

26.11 %

Not sure

14

1.19 %

Not working at all (i.e., jobless)

87

7.40 %

Over the past year, has the number of people at your workplace:

Option

Total

%

Risen

205

17.45 %

Fallen

562

47.83 %

Stayed the same

297

25.28 %

Not sure

34

2.89 %

I don't have a workplace

77

6.55 %

In your opinion, your workplace is:

Option

Total

%

Very productive

229

19.51 %

Somewhat productive

543

46.25 %

Not very productive

317

27.00 %

Not sure

10

0.85 %

I don't have a workplace

75

6.39 %

What do you like best about your workplace?

Option

Total

%

The pay

157

13.4 %

The hours

72

6.14 %

The people

155

13.23 %

The nature of the work

232

19.8 %

The fact that I have a job

246

20.99 %

All of the above

149

12.71 %

Other

20

1.71 %

I don't like my workplace

65

5.55 %

I don't have a workplace

76

6.48 %

What do you like least about your workplace?

Option

Total

%

The pay

229

19.56 %

The hours

146

12.47 %

The people

151

12.89 %

The nature of the work

231

19.73 %

All of the above

58

4.95 %

Other

129

11.02 %

I like my workplace

146

12.47 %

I don't have a workplace

81

6.92 %

Do you feel secure in your job right now?

Option

Total

%

Yes

524

44.86 %

No

350

29.97 %

Not sure

216

18.49 %

I don't have a job

78

6.68 %

Did you get a pay raise in 2002?

Option

Total

%

Yes

528

45.13 %

I will get one before yearend

89

7.61 %

No

485

41.45 %

I don't have a job

68

5.81 %

Do you expect to get pay raise in 2003?

Option

Total

%

Yes

601

51.15 %

No

280

23.83 %

Not sure

253

21.53 %

I don't expect to have a job

41

3.49 %

If you wanted to or had to find a new job right away, how easy do you think it would be?

Option

Total

%

Very easy

40

3.40 %

Reasonably easy

283

24.02 %

Not easy at all

772

65.53 %

Not sure

83

7.05 %

How would you rate the Bush Administration's efforts to ensure that everyone who wants a good job can get one?

Option

Total

%

Excellent

52

4.43 %

Good

166

14.15 %

Poor

674

57.46 %

Not sure

281

23.96 %


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