Who Loves Their Jobs Most? Not Us!

We're known for looking down on Canada (see: South Park, "Blame it on Canada," and what about that mayor of Toronto?).

But did you know that Canadians, and people living in the Netherlands, love their jobs, and we don't?

According to a new Monster and GfK study, which surveyed 8,000 people about how much they liked their jobs, we come in 4th out of  7th, followed by the Brits, the French and Germans hating their jobs most.  Tyler Falk reports that it's no surprise -- the World Economic Forum looked at the the nations investing most in the health, education and talent of their work forces and the two countries were in the top 10.

Slightly less than half the workers in the U.S. like their jobs. In Canada, 64% like their jobs, according to yahoo.com.

But, he notes, "In the same study, India, which had the third happiest workers in the Monster survey ranked 78th and the United States, with the most workers who hate their jobs came in 16th."

Why?  Falk posits that it might have something to do with expectations. "If you're living in the world's top economy you expect great working conditions. And while India also has a top 10 GDP, its ranking plummets to 138 in terms of GDP per capita," he writes.

"Clearly there are many variables when it comes to job satisfaction – for example, Canada and Germany have enjoyed buoyant labor markets, yet they lie at completely different ends of the happiness spectrum some of which could be driven by broader cultural differences between the two countries. More generally though, workers internationally want more out of their work and seem to have just settled for their current jobs," Falk quotes Chris Moessner, Vice President for Public Affairs, GfK.


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