Why You're Not Happy At Work

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In March of 2019, CNBC conducted a nationwide poll that found 85% of American workers are somewhat happy with their jobs. The survey of 8,664 people measured how Americans feel about their jobs across five key categories — pay, opportunities for advancement, recognition, autonomy, and meaning.

Notice the words "somewhat happy."

Jon Cohen, Survey Monkey's chief research officer in a CNBC interview on the study, said: "Our study clearly reveals that workplace happiness is richly nuanced. While a big majority of U.S. workers are at least somewhat satisfied with their jobs, there are a lot of negatives when it comes to how people relate to their work," 

The most significant contributor to people finding happiness in their jobs was meaningfulness. 


It's great that 85% of 8,664 people feel somewhat happy in their jobs, but they may not work at your company. 

Do your employees feel the same?

Leaders of any organization should want their employees to enjoy the work they do and who they work with, but there's more. 

People want not only to enjoy what they do but understand why it matters, and it's the leader's job to make that happen. 

To have a culture that fosters this environment, leaders needs to create organizational clarity and remove ambiguity. 

The definition of Ambiguity is "A situation or statement that is unclear because it can be understood in more than one way." (Cambridge Dictionary) 

When your organization lacks clarity, team members are left to draw their conclusions on how the company should function and what's most important.

We remove ambiguity and create clarity by communicating the following:

  • Why the organization exists.

  • What you value.

  • Where you are going.

  • What part everyone plays.

When your team understands these four areas, this brings the one thing that 85% of them are looking for...meaning in their work.

KC Cupp