Workplace Happiness Survey: About Half Hope to Stay at Current Jobs Permanently

With the current state of the economy, many Americans are still looking for jobs. But are those who already have jobs happy with where they work? What factors are most likely to have the greatest impact on workplace happiness?


Workplace Happiness

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, 38% of US workers said that they very much like their current workplace. Another 43% said they somewhat like their current workplace. 15% said they don’t really like their current place of employment. And just 4% said they don’t like it at all. Full time workers were 5% less likely to say they are very happy with their current job, but 3% more likely to say that they are somewhat happy.

Long-Term Employment

Overall, 45% of respondents said that they plan to stay at their current job for as long as possible. 7% said they plan to stay at their job for at least another ten years. 9% said they plan to stay for at least five years. 10% said they just plan to stay at their current workplace for about one or two years. 20% said they are unsure about how long they plan to stay at their current job. And 9% said they are currently looking for other employment. Of those who are unhappy with their current job, 30% said they are looking for other employment.

Happiness Factors

Salary was named one of the biggest factors impacting workplace happiness, with 38% saying it is the most important factor for them. Meaningful work, flexible hours, and bosses were next in line. Co-workers were rated as moderately important. And overall environment and other incentives were rated as the least important factors related to workplace happiness.

You can view the complete survey results in the widget below and be sure to click “Open Full Report” to take advantage of all the chart and filter options.

Photo Credit: Office cubicle, circa 2001 from Flickr

What do you want to know? If you need some consumer insights on a particular topic, let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it for an upcoming survey post.

Results were collected on March 7 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.