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Swedes increasingly dissatisfied with their jobs: report

TT/Clara Guibourg · 6 Jul 2011, 10:18

Published: 06 Jul 2011 10:18 GMT+02:00

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Overall employee satisfaction is down to 70 percent. Just two years ago, the same figure was 72.7 percent.

The lowest employee satisfaction levels are found among those working in education, sales, corporate services and finance.

Those working in finance are particularly disillusioned, it would appear. Over the past year, employees in this field have dropped from 73 percent satisfaction to 69 percent.

Recent financial crises are cited as a likely explanation.

"The financial worries and crises have likely affected the work situation, which has had a negative effect on how the work load is perceived," wrote Swedish Quality Index in their report.

The happiest employees are to be found working in construction, where satisfaction soars to near 75 percent.

A total of 4,000 Swedes participated in Swedish Quality Index's evaluation, and graded their workplaces.

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Swedish Quality Index regularly conducts surveys on customer satisfaction, and is part of the European organisation EPSI Rating.

TT/Clara Guibourg (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

11:47 July 6, 2011 by hipersons1
I can't help but wonder if this trend would be different if, say, Swedish companies had the ability to 'shuffle tallent' ala firing people to get more qualified candidates into positions. Perhaps an unbalanced skill level in the workforce could play a role in someone feeling like their skills are not being used?
11:49 July 6, 2011 by David S
How does 70% of swedes being satisfied with their jobs translate to "Swedes dissatisfied with their jobs"? More than 2 in 3 are satisfied!
13:05 July 6, 2011 by nyh2o
David, this is to be read as - the satisfaction level is 70% (the question is are you 100% satisfied with your job responsibilities?) - not that 70% of the swedes are satisfied with their jobs.

cannot agree with this article more. the work environment is indeed very constraining on the corporate side and with all the beaurocracy, it is very hard to see where all your work is leading to. nepotism is rampant and talent is ranked lower than people who are easier to fika with. can be discouraging to almost everyone in the end.
14:21 July 6, 2011 by David S
Ahh yes, I can see it might be interpreted that way too. Either way it doesn't mean Swedes are dissatsified. I see the headline has now been changed to more accurately reflect the study.
20:40 July 6, 2011 by Grokh
at least they have jobs, not all do.
08:07 July 7, 2011 by bjorkon
Ah, yes. Its that time of year again when these stories are put out, just as everyone heads off for the looooong summer. Up next : Stories about the summer being the time of year that most people reflect on their career and start to consider new vocations ..
08:08 July 7, 2011 by karex
It would be interesting to see how many are disatisfied because they have the wrong job, i.e., took a job just because they needed the income and not because they actually enjoy the specific activity.
01:40 July 13, 2011 by xiongyishi1234
it does not note the reason why people are disatisfied .. i mean something could be wrote in details like low salary or high working pressure or anything else..

however, the rate is reasonable as most of people are at least satisfied with their job. To reach all the people expectation is always a impossible to fulfill.
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