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Public and private sector -- we like our jobs

This week's issue of BusinessWeek has a fascinating package of stories focusing on the workforce.

A few interesting items from the package of stories:

* BusinessWeek conducted a poll to find out what people think about their work and, something akin to the findings in FCW's recent survey of government IT workers, people generally like their jobs.

* They asked people, "Which of these places would you most like to work?"
The place I'm working now: 50 percent
Google: 29 percent
The government: 15 percent
Goldman Sachs: 6 percent
So government work beats out Goldman Sachs.

* The BW poll shows that there is a stark difference between how older and younger people view work.

Young execs and managers are far less likely than their elders to put work first in their lives or to be content with their bosses. And what to make of this tidbit? People under 30 are more likely to have accidentally called their boss Mom or Dad.

* The poll found that 36 percent say people got more done before the era of e-mail.

* One of the questions that really surprised found that young people generally think that they don't get as much done while they are working from home. BusinessWeek said that "people get away with murder when they work from home." About 50 percent of people aged 25- to 29-years said they agreed; less than 40 percent of 30-34; and about 35 percent of 35 and older.

Among the other stories in the package:

* The Wiki Workplace
Thanks in part to younger workers, more companies are using social computing tools to aid collaboration and to foster innovation and growth

* Fear vs. Free Speech at Work
In his new book, Vanderbilt B-school professor Bruce Barry explores the sometimes threatened status of free speech in the workplace

* Why You Can't Get Any Work Done
Workplace distractions cost U.S. business some $650 billion a year. Here's how managers can keep employees focused

I read the stories while stuck at the DMV today trying to renew my driver's license and it was good enough that it almost fully distracted me from my multi-hour wait.

I think there are interesting similarities between our survey and the BusinessWeek findings -- in general, we like what we do.

One of the other interesting parts of the package is they asked workers what they think work will be like in 10 years. In general, they think it will be better, but that more will be outsourced. (In one of the questions, BusinessWeek asked, "Are you on a first-name basis with someone who works in India?" Now: Less than 10 percent, but 10 years from now, people predicted the number would be something like 30 percent saying yes.)

Posted by Christopher Dorobek on Aug 14, 2007 at 12:16 PM


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