America’s offices are suffering under a dark cloud of malaise, as half of workers say they’re unhappy

 There is a growing consensus that Americans' relationship with work has shifted, particularly among younger workers who feel that promises of the American Dream being achievable through hard work and sacrifice have been broken.

 According to a recent survey by Pew Research Center, only 51% of American workers are satisfied with their jobs and day-to-day tasks, as well as the benefits, pay, training, and opportunities for promotion their employer offers. 

Meanwhile, fewer workers see their job or career as important to their overall identity. This dissatisfaction has led to a broader anti-work movement, with workers handing in their badges in a trend dubbed the "Great Remorse." 

Mental health is suffering as a result. Interestingly, workers generally report being satisfied with their relationships with coworkers and managers and feeling respected and valued. However, satisfaction levels vary significantly along generational lines, with older workers being the most satisfied across a range of measures. Gen Z has been at the forefront of the anti-work movement, but there is evidence that more workers are increasingly dissatisfied with their jobs.

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