Job Satisfaction 2017 Edition: More Opportunity and Satisfaction in a Tighter Labor Market

Examining annual job satisfaction continues to provide useful insights into US employees’ sentiments about work and offers interesting insights into the national labor market and macroeconomic trends. The Conference Board Job Satisfaction survey is part of a long-running, comprehensive data set, which allows for demographic and regional comparisons over time. In addition to overall job satisfaction, we examine 23 components that contribute to job satisfaction, including wages, job security, promotion policy, potential for future growth, and health plan.

The top four findings from this year’s survey:

  • Job satisfaction improved for the sixth year in a row 
  • Much of the improvement in job satisfaction is due to the improvement in the labor market
  • Employers should consider what’s within their control at the organizational level to shape their employees’ job satisfaction
  • The US labor market is likely to remain tight for most of the next 15 years

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