Survey finds bosses are happier in their jobs than workers

Survey finds bosses are happier in their jobs than workers

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Jan 13, 2014

Why is your boss happier than you?

That’s the question posed in a recent Wall Street Journal article, citing a new survey from the Pew Research Center which found that “those in charge report higher satisfaction both in the office and at home.”
Of those who identified themselves as bosses in the survey, nearly 70% said they were “very satisfied” with their current position. Only 48% of non-boss workers felt the same way about their jobs.
“The disparity held when participants were asked about their home lives,” the Journal reports. “More than 80% of bosses said they were ‘very satisfied’ with their family situation, as compared to 74% of workers.
“The happiness gap could have to do with the size of the respondents’ paychecks,” the Journal theorizes. “The survey found that more than half of bosses and top managers have household incomes of $75,000 or more; only about a third of other employees reported bringing in that kind of money. Unsurprisingly, 40% of top managers report being ‘very satisfied’ with their financial situation, a view only 28% of workers take.”
The survey also found that workers are also “about twice as likely to be searching for another job as compared to supervisors.”
One other interesting finding:When given the choice between working for a male or female boss, more people of both genders said they preferred to work for a man.
Phyllis Stark

Phyllis Stark

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Phyllis Stark is the Digital Executive Producer - National Content for Journal Broadcast Group.