Workplace Satisfaction Statistics

  • 70% of American employees say they love their jobs (Adobe)
  • 77% of US employees say they’re satisfied with their workplace, ranking third in the world (EdenRed)
  • 40% of Millennials have high job satisfaction (Deloitte)
  • 80% of Americans would continue working even after winning the lottery; 51% would continue working at their current job (Adobe)
  • In a ranking of 35 countries, Colombia ranks highest for job happiness globally while Japan ranks last (Indeed)
  • Cities with the happiest workers: Los Angeles, Miami, San Diego (Indeed)
  • Cities with the lowest level of job satisfaction: Denver, Indianapolis, Louisville (Indeed)
  • Highest-ranking factors in job satisfaction worldwide: Work-life balance, Management, Culture (Indeed)
  • Job satisfaction contributors employee cited as very important: Respectful treatment of all employees at all levels (67%), Compensation (63%), Benefits (60%), Job security (58%), Trust between employees and senior management (55%) (SHRM)
  • Millennials’ top job satisfaction contributors: Respectful treatment (66%), compensation (65%), benefits (61%), job security (58%) (SHRM)
  • Traits Millennials look for in employers: Treat employees fairly (73.1%), corporate social responsibility (46.6%), brand image (39.5%), prestige (30.5%) (NSHSS)
  • Work atmosphere traits Millennials seek in employers: work/life balance (69.2%), friendly coworkers (57.3%), friendly to people of all backgrounds (55.3%) (NSHSS)
  • Top employer attributes that jobseekers value most: salary and employee benefits, long-term job security, pleasant working atmosphere (Randstad)
  • 68% of U.S. full-time employees are suffering from work overload (Cornerstone)
  • 45% of employees say their top definition of workplace success is enjoyment/happiness (Right Management)
  • 63% of employees believe their organization is headed in the right direction (Modern Survey)
  • 33% of American employees are satisfied or very satisfied with their jobs (Oxford Economics)
  • 67% of employees say they love or have no major complaints about their company (Virgin Pulse)
  • 51% of U.S. workers say they “often recommend their organization as a great place to work.” (Modern Survey)
  • 72% of employed Americans are “completely satisfied” with their relations with their coworkers (Gallup)
  • 70% of employed Americans are “completely satisfied” with the physical safety conditions of their workplace (Gallup)
  • 33% of employed Americans are “completely satisfied” with the amount of money they earn (Gallup)
  • 51% of recent grads feel like they’re underemployed (Accenture)
  • 57% of employed Americans are “completely satisfied” with their job security (Gallup)
  • 54% of employed Americans are “completely satisfied” with their boss or immediate supervisor (Gallup)
  • 53% of employed Americans are “completely satisfied” with the amount of work that is required of them (Gallup)
  • 45% of employed Americans are “completely satisfied” with the recognition they receive at work for their accomplishments (Gallup)
  • Percentage of generations who would “often recommend their organization as a great place to work”: 59% of Millennials, 51% GenX, 47% Boomers (Modern Survey)
  • 70% of U.S. employees are proud to work for their organization (Modern Survey)
  • 29% of employees feel valued in their jobs (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Only 10% of employees define career success as high performance and productivity (Right Management)
  • More than 80% of Millennials say they’re willing to put in a great deal of effort beyond that normally expected in order to help their organization be successful (Boston College)
  • 85% of Millennials agree that they’re treated with respect at work (Boston College)
  • 54% of workers say they like the people they work with (CareerBuilder)
  • Employees who say they have more supportive supervisors are 1.3 times as likely to stay with the organization and are 67% more engaged (The Energy Project)
  • In 2010, only 34% of employees said they would recommend working at their company (Bain & Co)
  • 77% of employees desire relocating to a different city, state or country as a career move (Cornerstone)
  • 15% of employees say their employer offers relocation opportunities (Cornerstone)
  • According to employees, salary is more important to job satisfaction (88%) than having a certain title (55%) (CareerBuilder)
  • 65% of full-time U.S. workers say they do not currently earn their desired salary (CareerBuilder)
  • Dissatisfied employees cite concerns over salary (66%) and not feeling valued (65%) most often as reasons for their dissatisfaction (CareerBuilder)
  • 40% of employees wish their employer cared more about their financial well-being (Virgin Pulse)
  • 44% of employees believe that their employer cares about their wellbeing (PwC)
  • 86% of recruiters report having recently spoken with underemployed/under-compensated employees (MRI Network)
  • 60% of employees feel their relationship with their employer positively impacts their focus or productivity at work (Virgin Pulse)
  • 51% of employees are extremely concerned about job security (MetLife)
  • 52% of employees believe they have a promising future at their organization (Modern Survey)
  • 78% of employees feel they are making a difference and appreciated when managers focus on their strengths over their weaknesses (The VIA Institute on Character)
  • 64% of employees believe they will be more successful at work by building on their strengths than fixing their weaknesses (The VIA Institute on Character)
  • 65% of employees who report having had a meaningful discussion with their manager about their strengths describe themselves as flourishing at work (The VIA Institute on Character)
  • 91% of workers say they feel motivated to do their best when they have leadership support (American Psychological Association)
  • 89% of workers with leadership support are more likely to recommend company as a good place to work (American Psychological Association)
  • 75% of employers ranked stress as their top health and productivity concern (Willis Towers Watson)
  • 25% of workers described their workplace as “happy,” “fast-paced” (29%) and “stressful” (28%) (Spherion)
  • 44% say their relationship with their employer positively impacts stress levels (Virgin Pulse)
  • 44% of working adults say that their current job affects their overall health, but only 28% of that group believe the effect is positive (Harvard)
  • 16% of employees say that their current job has a negative impact on their health (NPR)
  • 86% of employees say a pet-friendly workplace helps decrease stress levels (Banfield)
  • 56% of actively disengaged workers report they experienced a lot of stress yesterday, compared with 32% of engaged workers (Gallup)
  • 28% of employed Americans are “completely satisfied” with the amount of stress they have at work (Gallup)
  • The top sources of work stress are low salaries (according to 51%) and lack of opportunity for growth and advancement (44%) (American Psychological Association)
  • 80% of employees report being stressed out by work (Nielsen)
  • 33% of employees say they typically feel tense or stressed out during the workday (American Psychological Association)
  • 35% of employees report receiving sufficient resources from their employers to help manage stress (American Psychological Association)
  • Biggest workplace stresses: low pay (13%), commute (13%), work load (12%), coworkers (10%) (Nielsen)
  • 56% of employees who don’t feel valued report being stressed during the day, compared to 25% of those who do feel valued (American Psychological Association)
  • 23%, of employees feel “high” or “overwhelming” financial stress (Financial Finesse)
  • 63% of senior marketers say their job is somewhat stressful, 27% say it is somewhat stressful, 7% say it is very stressful, 3% say it isn’t stressful at all (The Creative Group)
  • 32% of senior marketers say the the more stressful the situation, the more productive they are; 60% say a little bit of stress motivates them but too much impedes their productivity; 8% say they are less productive with any level of stress (The Creative Group)
  • 62% of Baby Boomers report that their organization motivates them to contribute more than is normally required at work (Modern Survey)
  • 53% of employees said “interesting and challenging” work is the top reason they love their company (Virgin Pulse)
  • “Becoming obsolete” is the biggest concern for today’s worker, twice as concerning as being laid off (Oxford Economics)
  • 39% of employees are concerned about their position being automated or made obsolete in the next five years (Jobvite)
  • 13% of employees said they were fearful of losing their job in the next six months (Glassdoor)
  • The more hours people work beyond 40 the worse they feel, and the less engaged they become (The Energy Project)
  • 70% of U.S. workers are putting in more than 40 hours a week (Staples)
  • 64% of employees say their workplace and longer hours have contributed to stress (Staples)
  • Nearly 40% of employees said they wished their employer cared more about their work/life balance (Virgin Pulse)
  • 41% of employees believe work-life balance is impossible to achieve (Randstad)
  • 14% will leave if they don’t have a healthy work-life balance (BambooHR)
  • 80% of employees say they’re motivated to do their jobs through coercion (LRN)
  • 24% of employees don’t trust their employer (American Psychological Association)
  • 50% of employees trust senior management (Modern Survey)
  • 32% of employees feel that their organization isn’t always honest and truthful (American Psychological Association)
  • 64% of employed adults feel their organization treats them fairly (American Psychological Association)
  • 26% said their employer does not make it easy to understand opportunities for advancement within the organization (Mercer)
  • 50% of job seekers say that their most recent employer has helped them advance in their career (Future Workplace)
  • 51% of employees report they receive “no input” or “input only once in a while” from superiors on how to perform better in their roles (Mercer)
  • 15% of organizations with 100+ employees measure the engagement of their employees more than once a year (Modern Survey)
  • 47% of organizations plan to or currently measure employee engagement more than once annually (Modern Survey)
  • 46% of organizations with 100+ employees survey annually and 16% never measure engagement (Modern Survey)
  • 98% of CEOs ignore annual employee engagement survey results (Motivosity)
  • 15% of employees say they are currently working in their dream job, 36% say that while they’re not quite there yet, they believe they will be someday (CareerBuilder)
  • 72% of the U.S. workforce feels a sense of personal accomplishment at work (Modern Survey)
  • Attributes employees think are most important to their employer: job performance and results (46%); the ability to learn and be trained quickly (29%); and loyalty and long-term commitment to the company (28%) (Oxford Economics)
  • Millennials’ top attributes of the perfect boss:  Ethical and fair 35%, Transparent and readily shares information 35%, Dependable and consistent 32% (IBM)
  • GenX’s top attributes of the perfect boss: Transparent and readily shares information 42%, Clearly defines goals and expectations 42%, Ethical and fair 37% Dependable and consistent (IBM)
  • Top reasons why job seekers will leave for another job: more compensation (61%), location (42%), better work-life balance (40%), health benefits (36%), growth opportunities (35%), company culture (21%) and leadership (15%) (Jobvite)
  • Boomers’ top attributes of the perfect boss: Dependable and consistent 35%, Ethical and fair 35%, Dependable and consistent 35% (IBM)
  • Employees who derive meaning and significance from their work are more than three times as likely to stay with their organizations, reported 1.7 times higher job satisfaction and are 1.4 times more engaged (The Energy Project)
  • 57% of employees said “meaningful work” contributes most toward a positive workplace sentiment (Namely)
  • 38% of employees said “the company’s mission” is a top reason they love their company (Virgin Pulse)
  • Nearly 40% of employees indicated their co-workers as the top reason they love their company (Virgin Pulse)
  • 58% of working Americans claim that their coworkers are more productive at work when they’re happy (Ultimate Software)
  • 67% of employees say a pet-friendly workplace increases productivity (Banfield)
  • Millennials top three work-related fears: getting stuck with no development opportunities, not being able to realize their career goals, and not finding a job that matches their personality (Universum)
  • 87% of millennials say professional development or career growth opportunities are very important (Gallup)
  • 59% of millennials; 44% of Gen Xers and 41% of baby boomers say opportunities to learn and grow are extremely important to them when applying for a job (Gallup)
  • 87% of millennials rate “professional or career growth and development opportunities” as important to them in a job; 69% of non-millennials agree (Gallup)
  • 49% of millennials are satisfied with the growth and development opportunities and 47% are satisfied with their company’s employee recognition practices (American Psychological Association)
  • Among Millennials, friendships in the workplace make them feel happy (57%), motivated (50%), and productive (39%) (LinkedIn)
  • 78% of Millennials say it is more important to enjoy work than to make a lot of money (Clark University)
  • Half of Millennials would “rather have no job than a job they hate” (MTV)
  • 84% of millennials say that helping to make a positive difference in the world is more important than professional recognition (Bentley University)
  • 39% of HR pros evaluate recognition programs with employee surveys; 35% do not measure their employee recognition programs (Michael C. Fina)
  • 82% of employees don’t think they’re recognized for their work as often as they deserve (BambooHR)
  • 81% of companies have formal recognition programs (SHRM)
  • 86% of values-based recognition programs show an increase in worker happiness (SHRM)
  • 38% of millennials would like to see the recognition program at their current employer improved (Aon Hewitt)
  • When asked which recognition initiative has the biggest impact on employee engagement, HR pros cited: performance awards (33%), anniversary awards (20%), personal notes (10%) (Michael C. Fina)
  • According to employees, the most memorable recognition comes from an employee’s manager (28%), high-level leader or CEO (24%), the manager’s manager (12%), a customer (10%) and peers (9%) (Gallup)
  • 74% of companies have a service anniversary program (SHRM)
  • 45% of Millennials would quit a job if they didn’t see a career path they wanted at the company (Ultimate Software)
  • 58% of Millennials expect employers to provide them with learning opportunities relevant to their job (EdAssist)
  • 58% of employees (62% of Millennials and GenX) say that professional development contributes to their job satisfaction (CompTIA)
  • 12% of employees feel their employers aid them in their career development (Bridge)
  • 59% of Millennials would prefer a job with a strong potential for professional development (EdAssist)
  • 40% of Millennials say that becoming a manager/leader is “very important” (Universum)
  • 41% of Millennials would prefer a job with a potential for regular pay raises (EdAssist)
  • 30% of millennials leave due to better offers elsewhere, almost the same amount leave because their career goals aren’t in line with their employer (Millennial Branding/Beyond.com)
  • 26% of Millennials feel their employers are actually invested in their professional development (EdAssist)
  • 46% of professionals worldwide believe that work friends are important to their overall happiness (LinkedIn)
  • 70% of employees say their employer should understand them to the same degree they are expected to understand customers (Towers Watson)
  • 53% of employees say performance reviews don’t motivate them to work harder (Globoforce)
  • 50% of employees strongly agree they know what’s expected of them at work (Gallup)
  • 76% of employees don’t trust bosses who fail to share company data (GeckoBoard)
  • 50% of employees say bosses sharing information and data has a significantly positive impact on productivity and motivation (HubSpot)
  • 78% of Millennials say workplace environment affects their decisions to stay at a job (RingCentral)
  • 81% of employers said the workplace environment is important to attracting top talent, 67% have undertaken changes to their office spaces to make them more competitive and attractive to talent (Work Design)
  • 82% of Millennials said it was important to them to have a career that does some good in the world (Clark University)
  • 63% of Millennials like their employers to contribute to social or ethical causes (Brookings)
  • Baby Boomers are 67% more interested in making more money than doing good (Atenga)
  • 64% of Millennials said they would rather make $40,000 a year at a job they love than $100,000 a year at a job they think is boring (Intelligence Group)
  • 62% of executives say Millennials will consider leaving their jobs due to lack of learning and development, just 31% of Millennials say they have considered this (Oxford Economics)
  • 8 out of 10 Millennials think they deserve to be recognized more for their work (MTV)
  • 35% of Millennials say strong leadership defines a good work culture (Staples)
  • 28% of Millennials say feeling appreciated contributes to their loyalty (Staples)
  • 26% of Millennials say recognition motivates them to do their best at work (Staples)
  • 19% of IT employees are dissatisfied with their jobs, up from 12% last year (CareerBuilder)
  • 27% of IT employees have been recruited by other organizations in the past year (CareerBuilder)
  • 69% of IT employees see job stability as more important than salary, 64% say job location, 60% say good work culture (CareerBuilder)
  • 73% of tech employees believed their company became a better overall company within the past six months (TINYpulse)
  • 36% of IT professionals are happy or very happy at work, 32% unhappy and 31% neutral (AlienVault)
  • Employees who see performance reviews as inaccurate are 2x more likely to look for another job (Globoforce)
  • 48% of employees feel they have the opportunity to use their creativity at work (Modern Survey)
  • 62% of U.S. employees say they can be successful at their organizations while balancing work and their personal lives  (Modern Survey)
  • 31% of workers believe the employers only care about profits and don’t care as much about employees (Businessolver)
  • 28% of employees say personal finances have been a distraction at work (PwC)
  • 45% of Gen Z and millennials want to work in technology (45%), the next highest choice was education (17%) (Future Workplace)