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We suppose this survey of 8,000 workers across the United States, Canada, India, and Europe makes it somewhat official: America is number one! Number one in the percentage of employees who hate their jobs, that is.|
Monster.com and market research company GfK conducted the study, which revealed that only 53% of Americans actively enjoy their jobs, and 15% actively dislike them. Canadians, meanwhile, took top prize for having the cheeriest workforce: 64% of Canadians like their jobs, while only 7% hate what they do. Other nations fell somewhere in between, which you can see in this infographic below:
“There’s been lots of studies done about how Europeans have more vacation days, or have better work-life balance. The other side of it is that there’s a lot of information about Americans working too many hours,” Joanie Ruge, senior vice president at the job search site Monster Worldwide, Inc. said. “More companies are trying to get more work done with less people.”
“关于欧洲人的假日多么多、工作和生活多么平衡，人们做过了很多研究。另一方面呢，关于美国人工作时间很长等信息也有很多。” 求职网站Monster Worldwide 的高级副总裁Joanie Ruge说，“很多公司都在想方设法地用更少的人力完成更多的工作。”
This doesn’t exactly come as a surprise, given that the United States has some of the most backward labor practices in the world. It’s one of the few countries that doesn’t require paid annual leave or paid maternity leave by law. The highest earners in the U.S. work 60 to 80 hours a week, and overall, the U.S. has some of the longest working hours among developed nations.
That doesn’t necessarily mean we’re more productive, however. Germany, for example, averages a 35-hour work week but also maintains the fourth largest economy in the world.
Still, only 34% of Germans actively enjoy their work, and 10% dislike it, according to the survey--a rate somewhat similar to France, which mandates a 35-hour work week.
Is it ambivalence? Maybe more time just means that work doesn’t consume the entirety of French and German lives. Maybe their passions lie at home, in their rich inner lives, or in hobbies. Managers in Canada, meanwhile, are focusing their efforts on improving employee engagement and happiness while at work, which could account for the difference, says Rouge.