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More Employees Remaining In Unfulfilling Jobs

By CityTownInfo.com Staff
July 8, 2009

A recent study indicates that plenty of people are unhappy at work these days, but the recession is driving people to stay put in their jobs for the time being.

CNNMoney.com reports that according to a survey by Adecco Group North America, 54 percent of employed Americans plan to look for new jobs once the economy rebounds. Moreover, among workers ages 18-29, 71 percent will very likely search for new jobs once the market improves.

Not surprisingly, people are reluctant to abandon paying jobs during difficult economic times. "In times of uncertainty, people tend to hunker down and protect their turf," explained Gautam Godhwani, CEO of the job search site Simply Hired. "As a result of that, they are staying in their current positions."

Lisa DiTommaso is one such example. She currently works at a fashion company and is responsible for details like buttons and zippers. Layoffs at her office gave her more responsibility, longer hours and no pay increase, but she feels she has no choice but to remain at work for now.

"I can't wait for the job market to improve," she told CNNMoney.com.

Employees who hate their jobs should try to change their perspective, said Patrick Lencioni, author of The Three Signs of a Miserable Job, who was quoted in U.S. News & World Report. While workers should still search for alternatives, he noted the importance of recognizing that simply being employed is enough for some people.

Lencioni also explained that there are usually three reasons why employees who are unhappy with their jobs: They feel anonymous, they feel irrelevant and they don't know how to measure their success. Therefore, writes U.S. News, "Find a way to help other people realize why their job matters."

The blog SavingAdvice.com offers similar suggestions, and advises unhappy employees to remember that a job is a paycheck, not an identity. Realizing that allows one "to deal with all the foolishness" and just "do the work and collect the checks."

Finally, dissatisfied workers should try to take the opportunity to partner with coworkers, take on more responsibility and learn new skills. "This is a tremendous time to experiment in the jobs they are in," said Rusty Rueff, career and workplace expert for Glassdoor.com, who was quoted in CNNMoney. "Make the most out of it."

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