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Employee Satisfaction With Various Job Characteristics

Trend: If you were to lose your job, how long could you go without a job before experiencing significant financial hardship -- up to one week, up to one month, up to four months, up to one year, (or) more than one year?

Trend: If you were to lose your job, how likely is it that you would find a job just as good as the one you have now?

Trend: How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with your job?

Trend: Now I'll read a list of job characteristics. For each, please tell me how satisfied or dissatisfied you are with your current job in this regard. First, are you completely satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or completely dissatisfied with ... ?

Trend: Now I'll read a list of job characteristics. For each, please tell me how satisfied or dissatisfied you are with your current job in this regard. First, are you completely satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or completely dissatisfied with ... ?

Trend: Now I'll read a list of job characteristics. For each, please tell me how satisfied or dissatisfied you are with your current job in this regard. First, are you completely satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or completely dissatisfied with ... ?

Trend: In a typical week, how many hours do you work?

Trend: Being as specific as possible and using any job titles you may have, please tell me the kind of work you do? [OPEN-ENDED]

Trend: Next, please indicated whether you are worried or not worried about each of the following happening to you, personally, in the near future.

Which of the following best describes the kind of clothes you wear to work most days -- [ROTATED: a suit or other professional clothing, a shirt and slacks or other casual business clothes, casual street clothes, such as jeans, shorts or other informal clothes, (or) a uniform]? Based on employed men

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Which of the following best describes the kind of clothes you wear to work most days -- [ROTATED: a business dress or other professional clothing, a blouse and a skirt or slacks or other casual business clothes, casual street clothes, such as jeans, shorts or other informal clothes, (or) a uniform]? Based on employed women

Trend: Have you ever telecommuted, that is, worked from your home using a computer to communicate for your job?

Trend: Are you more likely to telecommute -- [ROTATED: during regular business hours instead of going into the office, (or more likely to telecommute) after regular business hours or on the weekend in addition to going into the office]?

Trend: If there are 20 workdays in a typical month, about how many days out of 20 would you telecommute from home instead of going into the office?

Trend: Do you think people who work at home using their computers to connect to their business offices are more productive, less productive, or just as productive as people who work in a business office?

Trend: How important is it to you that you advance in your career over time?

Trend: Have you ever felt you were passed over for a promotion or opportunity at work because of your gender, or not?

Trend: Have you ever felt you were denied a raise at work because of your gender, or not?

Trend: If you were free to do either, would you prefer to have a job outside the home, or would you prefer to stay at home and take care of the house and family?

What do you think are the most important issues facing working women in this country today?

Trend: Some people get a sense of identity from their job. For other people, their job is just what they do for a living. Which of these best describes the way you usually feel about your job?

Trend: How are you paid at work -- do you have a salary, are you paid by the hour, or are you mostly paid on commission?

Trend: If you were taking a new job and had your choice of a boss would you prefer to work for a man or a woman?

Trend: Is your current boss, or the primary person you report to, a man, a woman, or don't you have a boss?

As far as you are concerned, is the ability for you to use your computer, tablet, or smartphone to work remotely outside of normal business hours and stay in touch with work remotely a positive development or a negative development? April 2014 results

How often do you normally check your work email outside of normal working hours -- frequently, occasionally, rarely, or never?

Now, I'd like you to think about any time you may spend doing your job remotely using a computer or other electronic device, such as a smartphone or tablet. In a typical seven-day week, about how many total hours, if any, do you spend working remotely? March-April 2014 results

Just thinking about your personal work situation, does your employer generally expect you to check email and stay in touch remotely outside of normal business hours, or not? March-April 2014 results

Trend: If you were to lose your job, how long could you go without a job before experiencing significant financial hardship -- up to one week, up to one month, up to four months, up to one year, (or) more than one year?

If you won 10 million dollars in the lottery, would you continue to work, or would you stop working? (If continue working, ask) Would you continue to work in your current job, or would you take a different job?

Thinking about your current situation, are you personally making more money, the same amount, or less money than you were making five years ago? Would you say you are making a lot more/less than five years ago, or a little more/less?

Trend: (Asked of adults who are employed full or part time) In general, would you say your company or place of work is -- [ROTATED: understaffed, with too few employees for the amount of work that needs to be done, has about the right number of employees, (or is) overstaffed, with too many employees for the amount of work that needs to be done]?

Trend: Does the type of work you do generally require a bachelor's degree from a college or university or some other advanced academic degree?


Trend: Are you currently eligiible to receive employee benefits offered by your employer, such as access to medical insurance, life insurance, a pension or retirement savings plan, or are you not eligible for employee benefits such as these?

For how many years have you worked at your current company?

Trend: Do you, personally, know anyone who has been laid off or lost their job within the last six months, or not?

(Asked of adults who are employed full or part time) In all honesty, do you think you, personally, are -- [ROTATED: underpaid for the work you do, paid about the right amount, (or are you) overpaid for the work you do]?

BASED ON 557 ADULTS EMPLOYED FULL OR PART-TIME

Underpaid

Paid
about right


Overpaid

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2010 Aug 5-8

43

53

4

*

2008 Aug 7-10

51

46

3

*

* Less than 0.5%


For each of the following, please indicate whether it has happened to you in the last six months, whether you are worried it might happen to you in the near future, or if you are not worried about it happening to you in the foreseeable future. How about -- [ITEMS A-D READ IN RANDOM ORDER, THEN ITEM E READ]?

[ASKED OF ADULTS EMPLOYED FULL- OR PART-TIME]

2009 Jan 30-Feb 1
(sorted by "happened to you")

Happened
in last six
months

Worried
about it
happening

Not
worried

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

B. Having your hours at work cut back, including being furloughed

12

24

64

*

D. Having your benefits reduced

9

31

59

2

C. Having your wages reduced

8

24

68

*

A. Being laid off

2

29

68

*

E. Your company moving jobs to countries overseas

2

8

88

2

* Less than 0.5%

As far as you know, in the past six months, has your employer laid off any employees, or not?

[ASKED OF ADULTS EMPLOYED FULL OR PART-TIME]

Yes, has

No, has not

No opinion

2008 Aug 7-10

30%

67

3

2007 Aug 13-16

22%

73

5

2005 Aug 8-11

27%

71

2

2004 Aug 9-11

26%

72

2

2003 Aug 4-6

34%

64

2


If you could, which of the following situations would you choose -- fewer hours on the job but less income, the same number of hours and income that you now have, or more hours on the job and more income?

[ASKED OF ADULTS EMPLOYED FULL OR PART-TIME]

Fewer
hours,
less
income

Same
hours,
same
income

More
hours,
more
income

Other/
None
(vol.)

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2008 Aug 7-10

8

53

37

2

*

2002 Aug 5-8

8

52

37

2

1

1995 Mar 17-19

14

55

26

4

1

* Less than 0.5%

How do you generally get to work -- do you drive yourself, ride with someone else, walk, take mass transportation, or something else? [OPEN-ENDED]

[ASKED OF ADULTS EMPLOYED FULL OR PART-TIME]

2008 Aug 7-10 2007 Aug 13-16

%

%

Drive yourself

82

85

Ride with someone else

6

6

Take mass transportation

5

4

Work at home/Telecommute (vol.)

3

1

Walk

3

3

Bicycle (vol.)

*

--

Something else

1

1

No answer

*

*

* Less than 0.5%

How much total time in minutes do you spend commuting to and from work in a typical day?

[ASKED OF ADULTS EMPLOYED FULL OR PART-TIME]

2008 Aug 7-10 2007 Aug 13-16

%

%

Less than 30 minutes

31

28

30 minutes to less than one hour

35

36

One hour to less than 90 minutes

16

17

90 minutes to less than 2 hours

7

9

2 hours or more

11

8

No answer

1

2

Mean (including zero)

46.5

45.6

Mean (excluding zero)

48.9

48.1

Median (including zero)

30

30

(Asked of adults who are employed full or part-time) In an effort to help its workers deal with high gas prices this year, has your company encouraged its employees to -- [RANDOM ORDER], or not?

BASED ON 557 ADULTS EMPLOYED FULL OR PART-TIME

A. Telecommute or work from home one or more days a week

Yes, has
encouraged

No,
has not

No
opinion

%

%

%

2008 Aug 7-10

12

85

3

B. Work a four-day work week with longer days instead of a five-day work week

Yes, has
encouraged

No,
has not

No
opinion

%

%

%

2008 Aug 7-10

16

81

3

Next, we'd like you to think about the workers you work with at your place of employment. Just your best guess, about how many hours per work day does the typical employee at your workplace waste -- that is, really does not do anything productive?

[ASKED OF ADULTS EMPLOYED FULL OR PART-TIME]

2007 Aug 13-16

%

None

18

Less than one hour

13

One hour

25

Two hours

20

Three hours

6

Four hours or more

6

Does not apply/work alone (vol.)

8

No answer

4

Mean

1.44 hours

Median

1 hour

And, trying to be as honest as you can, about how many hours per work day on average would you say that you, personally, waste -- that is, really don't do anything productive?

[ASKED OF ADULTS EMPLOYED FULL OR PART-TIME]

2007 Aug 13-16

%

None

26

Less than one hour

25

One hour

29

Two hours

11

Three hours

3

Four hours or more

4

No answer

2

Mean

1.00 hour

Median

Less than 1 hour

Generally speaking, would you say your commute to work is -- very stressful, somewhat stressful, not that stressful, or not stressful at all?

[ASKED OF ADULTS EMPLOYED FULL OR PART-TIME]


Very
stressful

Somewhat
stressful


Not that
stressful

Not
stressful
at all

Doesn't
apply (vol.)


No
opinion

2007 Aug 13-16

2%

22

21

53

2

--

(vol.) = Volunteered response

How many different jobs do you currently hold?

[ASKED OF ADULTS EMPLOYED FULL OR PART-TIME]

One

Two

Three+

No opinion

2005 Aug 8-11

83%

13

4

--

2003 Aug 4-6

85%

13

2

--

2002 Aug 5-8

86%

11

3

--

1999 Aug 24-26

85%

13

2

*

* Less than 0.5%


Thinking back over the last five years, which, if any, of the following have happened to you personally? [RANDOM ORDER]?

[ASKED OF ADULTS EMPLOYED FULL OR PART-TIME]

2005 Aug 8-11
(sorted by "yes, has")

Yes,
has

No,
has not

No
opinion

%

%

%

You were given a promotion

42

58

*

You left a job to work for a different company

41

59

--

You changed careers or made a significant change in the type of work you do for a living

32

68

--

Your benefits were reduced

30

69

1

Your wages were reduced

19

81

--

You were laid off from a job

15

85

*

You were fired from a job

7

93

--

* Less than 0.5%


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