Skip to comments.Wealthy, Successful and Miserable
Posted on 02/21/2019 4:42:34 PM PST by DeweyCA
After our reunion, I wondered if my Harvard [Business School] class or even just my own friends there were an anomaly. So I began looking for data about the nations professional psyche. What I found was that ... a surprising portion of Americans are professionally miserable right now. In the mid-1980s, roughly 61 percent of workers told pollsters they were satisfied with their jobs. Since then, that number has declined substantially, hovering around half; the low point was in 2010, when only 43 percent of workers were satisfied, according to data collected by the Conference Board, a nonprofit research organization. The rest said they were unhappy, or at best neutral, about how they spent the bulk of their days. Even among professionals given to lofty self-images, like those in medicine and law, other studies have noted a rise in discontent. Why? Based on my own conversations with classmates and the research I began reviewing, the answer comes down to oppressive hours, political infighting, increased competition sparked by globalization, an always-on culture bred by the internet but also something thats hard for these professionals to put their finger on, an underlying sense that their work isnt worth the grueling effort theyre putting into it.
(Skip) Whats interesting, however, is that once you can provide financially for yourself and your family, according to studies, additional salary and benefits dont reliably contribute to worker satisfaction. Much more important are things like whether a job provides a sense of autonomy the ability to control your time and the authority to act on your unique expertise. People want to work alongside others whom they respect (and, optimally, enjoy spending time with) and who seem to respect them in return.
...finally, workers want to feel that their labors are meaningful.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
Other studies have shown that once a person earns enough to be comfortable (today around $55,00), pay increases don't provide more happiness. People need enough money to not be anxious about paying bills, but after that it doesn't make much difference.
Btw, he talked about "quality jobs." Look for this to be a possible way to discount Trump's job growth stats. Dems will say that they are not "quality" jobs - ie. jobs that provide meaning, as well as a paycheck.
Oh here’s a tale of woe I was just waiting to hear.
Yep, a pivot by the left that is an attempt to damage the Presidents ability to point to the jobs that have been created.
Once many people (especially young people) decide they don’t want families, they often don’t see their niche in this world; it will continue when they’re gone as if they never existed, and it bums them out. On a positive note, they have a lot more freedom and disposable income while they’re here...
Btw, he talked about “quality jobs.”
Remember the Reagan/Bush years with a booming economy and it was the same refrain........burger flipping jobs.
2/3 HBS = BS
First World Problems
Whats really making them miserable is that miserable New York Times.
Like that old Toby Keith song, Happiness Can’t Buy Money.
That day when the wake and realize that their cats/dogs are no substitute for children.
They are miserable because they are white male heterosexuals and they know that they are the source of all the evils in the world. Who wouldnt be miserable? They know they dont deserve their white privilege and they do everything they can to not appear racist or bigoted, they espouse liberal politics and they still remain white male heterosexuals.
I have a family but don’t believe it is for everyone; I just can’t stand people who years before decided one way or the other and now regret their decisions. I work with plenty of childless white women over 50 who really resent their non-white peers who are at this point becoming grandmothers.
See? Money won’t make you happy. Vote Socialist!
I have a friend who owns a machine shop. He has a kid named Drew, a millineal that works for him. Drew decided that he didnt want to go to college and chose a career path in the trades. This kid is awesome, hard working and wants to learn the machinists trade. Drew despises his peers and considers them lazy. The kid really enjoys what he is doing and has a bright future in front of him.
I have discovered that the millineal generation has kids that really have what it takes, or they are totally clueless about life.
Maybe these women find comfort in going home to their cats.
Maslow’s Hierarchy found that once a level was reached, it ceased to be much of a motivator. The ennui described in the article is a plateau on the way up and culminates in the Peter Principle.
No, they are angry because of that.
Funny...I’m comfortable (but *far* from wealthy),retired and reasonably happy.
“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants”
Some old white guy.
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