Just how much do you like your job? It turns out—perhaps surprisingly—that most American workers are happy with their jobs, and that’s true even for the much-maligned generation of millennials in the workforce. But far fewer U.S. workers are very satisfied with their current situation, and a glaringly low 9 percent give their jobs top marks across five key measures in the inaugural CNBC|SurveyMonkey Workplace Happiness Index.
The index—calculated from five measures relating to pay, advancement, value, autonomy, and meaningfulness—debuts at 71 out of 100. That’s a far cry from the 85 percent of workers who report being satisfied with their jobs, revealing there is more to happiness at work than a simple thumbs up or thumbs down.
The complexity of workers’ attitudes and expectations matters: more than a third of those who give top ratings in three or fewer of the new measures say they’ve seriously considered quitting in the past 90 days. By contrast, just 9 percent of those who give at least four highest ratings have given real consideration to switching jobs.
Read more about our polling methodology here.
Click through all the results in the interactive toplines below:
Which one of the following issues matters MOST to you right now?
Which of the following best describes you?
Overall, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with your current job?
How well do you think you are paid for the work you do?
How would you rate the opportunities your company provides for you to advance your career?
How much do you think your contributions at work are valued by your colleagues?
How much control do you have at work over the tasks you do, the way in which you do them, or the timing of when you do them?
How meaningful is your work to you?, What is the one change that would most improve your job satisfaction?
How do you rate your own ability to keep up with technology and innovation at work?
How much, if at all, is technology threatening your job?
In the last three months, have you seriously considered quitting your job?
Do you have a direct supervisor at work?
How much do you trust your direct supervisor to provide you with opportunities to advance your career?
How much do you trust your direct supervisor to prepare you for changes in technology at work?
Which of the following best describes the principal industry of your organization?