Are You Happy At Your Job? Survey Says The Hudson Valley Is NOT
Ever felt this way at your job? (Warning: Video contains NSFW language)
Say it isn't so, but the Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown metro area has made yet another dubious list. You may remember...Is Poughkeepsie One of America's Most Miserable Places To Live? from about a month back, but according to a new Gallup survey...we not only rank as some of America's unhappiest residents, but also as the #2 LEAST content employees at our jobs (trailing only Fayetteville, NC). Here's how they compiled the results...
To determine the best and worst work environments, Gallup surveyed hundreds of thousands of Americans in 189 metropolitan areas in the U.S. in 2012 and 2013.
The Work Environment Index included four metrics: job satisfaction; whether employees felt they used their strengths at work; how employees were treated by their supervisors; and whether supervisors created an open and trusting work environment.
Here's our breakdown...
2. Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, N.Y.
> Work environment index score: 39.4
> Pct. feel treated with respect: 90.4 (34th lowest)
> Pct. learned something new that day: 56.7% (6th lowest)
> Pct. with college degree: 29.7% (108th highest)
> Median household income: $66,612 (16th highest)
While residents of the Poughkeepsie metro area were well-off financially — median household income was $66,612 in 2012 — survey respondents still evaluated their work environments among the worst in the nation. Just 81.4% of residents said they were satisfied with their jobs last year, second-worst among all metro areas surveyed. This may have been due in part to relatively few opportunities to learn and grow at work. Just 56.7% of respondents said they learned something new or interesting on a regular basis, worse than all but a handful of metro areas.
The reasons for our low scores may not necessarily be tied just to how much you're making at work or even your level of education...
Median income and educational attainment rates might be expected to have substantial effects on workplace evaluations, but that was not always the case. In several instances, respondents from relatively poor areas overwhelmingly approved of their jobs, while residents of wealthier areas were often likely to give poor assessments.
For example, in the Fort Smith metro area, located in Arkansas and Oklahoma, median household income was just $36,061 in 2012, but residents rated their workplaces fifth-best. Median household income in the Poughkeepsie, New York metro area, on the other hand, was $66,612 that year, but residents their rated their workplaces among the worst.
It may have to do with your work place's management
According to Witters, this is due primarily to the weight a supervisor carries in determining the quality of a work environment. If you have a bad supervisor, your work experience will be poor regardless of the level of your education and financial situation.
Now if you're curious where are America's happiest workers, according to this? Try San Luis Obispo, CA, Lincoln, NE or Fort Collins, CO just to name a few.
Personally we can't complain too much here at WPDH, as we sit behind the microphone while playing our favorite rock n roll and cracking dumb jokes (or getting to do fun things like this)...but how are things where you work? Do you agree with Gallup's findings? If so, what's the biggest problem you and your coworkers face at your jobs everyday?
Anyhow, here's our very own afternoon personality Tigman giving his thoughts on the matter...