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Think-tank Offers Contrarian View of Loyalty

August 31, 2004
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A recurrent theme in recent studies and articles is that employees are stressed-out, disloyal and ready to quit their jobs at the next opportunity. A conservative-leaning Washington, D.C. think-tank says these experts are wrong.

The American Enterprise Institute compared current employee-satisfaction and other survey results by Gallup and other organizations to historical data.

Among the Institute's findings:

Employee satisfaction is high. The percentage of people who say they're very dissatisfied with their jobs hasn't changed much over the last 25 years.

Employees are loyal. The percentage of people (85 percent) who feel a strong sense of loyalty to their companies was the same in 1998 as it is today. Fewer employees, however, feel that their company is loyal to them.

Stress is overrrated. According to the Institute, "In 1991, 61 percent said they were satisfied with the amount of on-the-job stress; in 2004, 64 percent gave that response." Similarly, in a 2001 ABC News question, 26 percent indicated that "having to work too hard" was a problem that they personally had, while 72 percent said it was not.

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