A video conference marks International Nurses Day on May 12. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo - Pool/Getty Images)

I love my job, but there are many who don’t share the same. I’ve been there and know that it’s an awful feeling Sunday night when you know you have to go into a stressful and uninspiring workplace the next day.

Everyone’s experience can be totally different from their coworkers, but a new survey from The Conference Board has some really good news. It says that American workers are more satisfied with their jobs now than they have been since the company began studying this over 35 years ago in 1987.

The poll was taken in 2022 and sixty-three percent of those who participated said they were satisfied with their jobs. That’s up more than 2% from the previous year, and up five percentage points since the poll three years ago.

A lot of it had to do with some of the workers dumping their old jobs and finding new ones after the pandemic subsided. They say it also had to do with the tight job market. Workers are in high demand and there are tons of openings. That’s caused companies to offer excellent perks to retain them, and give great offers to new employees.

Another big reason they note is the flexible working arrangements. This was cited as a key factor in improving employee morale. They found that hybrid workers were overall more satisfied with their jobs than those who were fully remote or fully in-office. Positive workplace culture was also a huge factor. Happy breeds happy, and complaining breeds complainers and dissatisfaction. When employees are happy with their job, they’re less tolerant of negative comments, and are less likely to participate in toxic and company-bashing conversations

Also, women were found to be “significantly less” pleased than their male counterparts across 26 metrics measured, which include salary, health benefits, flexibility, and chances for advancement.

Based on their findings, the company suggests “firms need to be more conscious and intentional about achieving pay equity and addressing gender gaps” to keep female employees happier.


Loneliness Declared An Epidemic In America

A new advisory from the U.S. Surgeon General is warning people that loneliness, isolation, and lack of connection in our county have become a public crisis. Advisories are reserved for issues deemed significant public health challenges that “need the American people’s immediate attention,” according to a statement from Dr. Vivek Murthy, U.S. Surgeon General.

He said that loneliness and social disconnection are more common than we realized. “In recent years, about one in two adults reported experiencing loneliness. It’s also more widespread than many other health issues including smoking, diabetes, and obesity,” said U.S. Surgeon General.

The report released on Tuesday, titled “Our Epidemic of Loneliness and Isolation, “warns that the physical consequences of poor connection can be devastating, including a 29% increased risk of heart disease; a 32% increased risk of stroke; and a 50% increased risk of developing dementia for older adults.”

People are spending less time with each other in person than two decades ago. Murthy said that many young people now use social media as a replacement for in-person relationships, and this often meant lower-quality connections. The advisory reported that this was most pronounced in young people aged 15 to 24 who had 70% less social interaction with their friends.

There are ways to combat the loneliness epidemic in the U.S. In response, the advisory outlines a new national strategy based on six foundational pillars. One of the foundational pillars would be strengthening social infrastructure, which includes things like parks and libraries as well as public programs. Another would be reforming digital environments to “critically evaluate our relationship with technology.”

Here are other way to cope with loneliness.

  • Join A Class Or Club

    Joining a class or a club presents an opportunity to meet a group of people who share at least one of your interests. can also provide a sense of belonging that comes with being part of a group.

    Group of people in fitness class


  • Volunteer

    Volunteering for a cause you believe in can decrease loneliness. It can also bring about a new found purpose and a deeper sense of gratitude. 

    group of volunteers with garbage bags cleaning city park.

  • Strengthen Existing Relationships

    Reconnect with those already a part of your life by calling friends more often or going out with them more.

    Two women hugging

  • Adopt A Pet

    Pets can prevent loneliness as well as connect you with other people. Walking a dog opens you up to a community of other dog-walkers, and an adorable dog on a leash tends to be a people magnet. 

    Cat in box ready for adoption

  • Talk To Strangers

    Find connections in every day life by interacting in small ways with acquaintances or strangers you encounter. There’s a study that says doing so contributes to our social and emotional well-being.

    Woman chatting with fellow traveler in subway car

  • Practice Self-Care

    Do what you can to take care of yourself especially when you are feeling down. Eating nutritious food, exercising, and getting enough sleep will only make you feel better.

    woman reading a book at home, drinking coffee sitting on the couch.

  • Keep Busy

    Pick up a hobby or take yourself on a date. Take some time to invest in yourself and your interests and keep your mind occupied in the process.

    Woman playing guitar

  • Therapy

    Research suggests that loneliness and symptoms of depression can perpetuate each other, which means the more lonely you are, the more depressed you feel, and vice versa. Sometimes just “getting out there” and meeting other people isn’t enough. It’s possible to still feel lonely when you’re around them, which could actually be a sign of depression or social anxiety. If this is the case for you, seeing a therapist may help with feelings of loneliness.

    Online therapy session of teenage female with psychologist


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