MASON CITY, Iowa – More than half of Americans are unsatisfied with their jobs, according to a study from the Conference Board, a business and economic research organization.
Market 124 sales representative Tiffany Shannon said going to her job every day is more of a second home then work.
“If you’re not happy, it’s just kind of miserable,” said Shannon. “I couldn’t imagine going to a job being stuck behind a desk doing something I hated every day.”
In the past, Shannon worked at a day care and worked as a certified nursing assistant. She said she was in need of a change and wanted to do something she enjoyed. Shannon said what makes her happy at Market 124 is the people, customers and all of the items the store sells, such as pottery.
“It’s like Christmas everyday here,” said Shannon. “Opening (and stocking) all the stuff.”
QPS Employment Group account executive Amy Berding said it’s important people like their work environment. She said her job is to help clients find a job that fits them.
“When we bring them in to actually ask them (questions), they might mention they like to work on snowmobiles and on their free time working with their grandpa on their tractor, and then we typically go, ‘Have you ever thought about the maintenance field or any field that relates to their hobbies?’”
Shannon said it may not be easy to leave your current job for something you’re passionate about, but if you aren’t happy where you’re at now, don’t stop looking.
“Just keep going for your dream,” said Shannon. “Until you find that, don’t give up.”
Research from Ohio State University also showed that when people in their 20s to 30s are unsatisfied in the workplace, it can affect things like your mental health when you reach your 40s.