Employees start disliking their job at age 35, according to a new report from Robert Half UK.
Sixteen percent of 35- to 54-year-olds say they’re unhappy with their role, and 17 percent of people over 55 feel the same way—double the amount of millennials who are unhappy at work. Just eight percent of employees age 18 to 34 say they aren’t satisfied.
Older generations seem to be dissatisfied at work due in part to stress. One third of workers aged over 35 find their job stressful, compared to 25 percent of 18- to 35-year-olds.
Work-life balance also seems to become more of an issue with age. Compared to 12 percent of workers age 35 to 54 who feel that’s a challenge, 17 percent of employees 55 and over struggle with work-life balance, potentially causing them to be dissatisfied at work. Just one in 10 millennials feels that way.
The study suggests acknowledgement may be in a factor in worker dissatisfaction. Nearly 60 percent of workers age 18 to 35 feel appreciated; only a quarter of 35- to 54-year-olds and 28 percent of workers over age 55 — the biggest group to feel unhappy at work — do.
Find out more about the report results in this press release.
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