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How Satisfied Are You With Your Job?

Here is What Our Respondents Had to Say

We invited visitors to JobQuality.ca to tell us how satisfied they are with different aspects of their job. In all, 82 people competed the survey (47 women and 35 men). The results suggest that while these employees are quite satisfied with some aspects of their job, they are less satisfied with others.

It should be pointed out that the survey is not truly random and therefore is not representative of Canadian employees as a whole. The findings represent a snap-shot of how some visitors to the site feel about their jobs.

Source: www.jobquality.ca on-line survey: “how satisfied are you with your job?” (2001)(n= 82).


Just over two thirds of respondents say that they’re happy with the relationship they have with their boss. Two thirds of respondents are also satisfied or very satisfied with the sense of accomplishment they get from their work. Indeed, other research suggests that meaningful work is among the most important characteristics that individuals looks for in a job (see: What Canadians Want In A Job). Slightly under one in five expresses dissatisfaction with both these aspects. Despite the frequent claims that in a ‘knowledge based economy’ workers’ skills and talents are especially important, one in three respondents (32 percent) says they are dissatisfied with the opportunities they have to develop their skills. This suggests that there is considerable room for improvement in the area of skill use and development in Canadian workplaces.

Almost one in three respondents also reports that they do not have access to adequate resources to do their job effectively, and 30 percent are unhappy with the amount of work they’re expected to carry. This finding is consistent with other research that indicates that many Canadians feel overworked (see: Workload and Work-Life Balance in the New Millennium)

Barely half of the survey respondents say they are satisfied with their pay. This finding is not surprising, given that the median family income in Canada declined by $1,100 between 1990 and 1999. Moreover, a recent Leger Marketing poll indicated that 40 percent of Canadians believe they got poorer over the past 10 years.


We would like to thank those visitors who took the time to complete this survey.