Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Get a job you love

The General Social Survey (GSS) is an annual national survey of demographic and attitudinal variables with a sample size of about three thousand people. It asks employees about job satisfaction, and the 1991 survey included a module about work organizations. According to our tabulations, 82 percent of employees disagreed, weakly or strongly, with the statement that they had little loyalty toward their work organization. 78 percent agreed that their values and those of their organization were similar. 90 percent were proud to be working for their organization. And 86 percent were very satisfied or moderately satisfied with their jobs. These fractions differed only marginally across gender and race, and between blue-collar versus white-collar occupations.
--George Akerlof and Rachel Kranton, Identity Economics, on the myth that the search for satisfying work is a frivolous bourgeois privilege

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