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Germans like their jobs, bosses

The Local · 28 Apr 2010, 11:54

Published: 28 Apr 2010 11:54 GMT+02:00

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A whopping 86 percent of those who participated in the survey for news magazine Stern said they normally like going to work, while 85 percent said they were happy with their job. Two-thirds said they had never seriously thought about quitting.

Of those who answered questions, 74 percent said their job suited their capabilities. But young people weren’t quite as satisfied in this area, 29 percent said they were underwhelmed by their tasks.

Meanwhile 84 percent of Germans said they were happy with their employer, and 86 percent said their direct supervisors treated them fairly.

The majority of those polled also said they were satisfied with their work environment and relationships with colleagues.

But almost one-third – mainly women, labourers and those from eastern Germany – said deserve a bigger paycheque.

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But government bureaucrats, or Beamten, known for their cushy benefits packages, had almost no complaints about their take home pay.

Just 14 percent said they felt underpaid.

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12:15 April 28, 2010 by twisted
I suspect that the ones who feel they are underpaid are probably worth what they get, but I except women from this comment. Women are, in my opinion and in general, underpaid just because they are women. Young people want everything too fast in life. Plus I suspect that many enter the workforce with less than a sterling education and the employers know that...once they get experience, they then probably get more money.
16:08 April 28, 2010 by William Thirteen
they're all brown nosing. the survey was probably given by the bosses themselves!
16:56 April 28, 2010 by wmm208
But job satisfaction levels in Germany are at a mere 13%. One of the lowest in the world. Perhaps its the free kaffee and non-performance thats so attractive.
18:05 April 28, 2010 by michael4096
Another wonderful pesch-tistic - any supporting evidence for that directly contradictory number?
19:37 April 28, 2010 by xyz_79
It is bcos leaders are made- enlightened through pain, through knowledge and experience and much more....And such men & women are a rare commodity...And even if they exist, they don't take the fight down to ground, for everyone is busy in their life and enjoying their success...

But one day that ONE corporate which shall run all the companies in the world right till the mom & pop store; shall embed and run the very principles of humanity,respect and love even in business...
21:59 April 28, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Goldman Sachs?
23:21 April 28, 2010 by wmm208
Yes! Then there would be no problems anywhere and everyone should make sound decisions. Great solution.
09:19 April 29, 2010 by majura
Maybe they like their bosses a little too much- second last guy on the left in the fluro orange jacket.
11:29 April 29, 2010 by cobalisk
I just don't understand all the negativity here some times.

The poll is not lying, it's a poll about employee satisfaction, what good does it do to fudge the numbers? There is no incentive to fabricate data here, hence, they didn't.

Germany is not America, the culture is different and that is made evident in this poll result. People take pride in work here for a variety of reasons but also most employer employee relationships are not adversarial which helps, a lot. The employee has greater flexibility at work, much better job security, a generous amount of holidays and a reliable pension to ease their retirement. Of course this would result in higher rates of job satisfaction. This is what the social contract is supposed to do, people participate and give their knowledge and effort and for this they are rewarded with a comfortable life. Is it perfect, no certainly not, but for those German employees surveyed by Stern clearly the system works.
22:35 April 29, 2010 by Prufrock2010
cobalisk --

You make excellent points. Now, if someone could just introduce the concept of customer service into Germany, this might become a first-world society.
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