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Americans Are Ready To Dress For The Job They Don't Really Want

The majority of unemployed Americans now believe their next job won't be one they want, according to a new USA Today/Gallup poll of slightly more than 1,000 U.S. adults.

The participants were asked if they expected their next full-time job to be one they want or one they're just settling for. A full 60% of unemployed respondents said they expect to settle for a full-time job that they don't really want, while 42% of under-employed respondents said the same thing.

These findings certainly reflect job seeker's disillusionment with the current job market but they may not bode well for the future workplace, either. Anyone who has ever worked alongside someone who is unenthusiastic about the work (who hasn't?) can give you an earful about how so-and-so who was always too busy complaining or surfing job listings on the down low to do a great job.

If job seekers expect to take jobs they don't really want, then employers will be managing workers who don't really want the job. It will eventually become a productivity and morale issue. Not every new employee, however, will feel like a survivalist and will see a job, any job, as a good opportunity to work hard, move up and learn something new. For them, it's just nice to be working again and they'll see potential in what they're doing. At least in the short term, and if the employer sees long-term potential in the employee.

Unfortunately, it's nearly impossible for employers to know which employee mindset they've hired until the person is on the job. Surveys such as this one, however, hint that employers have a higher chance of managing employees who view the company as good enough for now.


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