This seems like quite a large figure, particularly when you compare it to the figures from 2004 which were a little over 70%.
In fact, when you break it down to the categories used in the survey (the UK Household Longitudinal Survey), the only bit of their job that workers are less happy with now than 7 years ago is their job security. Pay, training and sense of achievement have all seen rises in people's satisfaction.
A commentator suggested that we have become more entrepreneurial as a result of the downturn which has given us a greater sense of value in the work that we do.
More significantly for me was the comment from Cary Cooper, Lancaster University. He said that people feel lucky to have a job at all and so are now comparing their salary to having none. This certainly is a change from years previously when people seemed to want the earth and expected to be given it too.
From a coach's perspective, this is a welcome shift of thinking in some ways. I am a huge advocate of people being interested in improving their lot in life, whether that is in terms of their financial wellbeing or whatever. However, I have often been frustrated at people living in cloud cuckooland who expect to get everything they want in life but without expending any effort on their own behalf. This has particularly been an attitude I have seen to be very prevalent in younger people who have been spoiled by doting parents providing for their every whim.
If we have some new thinking in the workplace where people are more grateful to have a job and be paid then maybe employers will see a greater commitment to jobs and consequently more productivity. My worry is that we revert back to a position where people become resigned to their lot in life and start to think that they are powerless to change it for the better.
However happy you are at your work, what can you do to improve it? You might want to read some of the articles elsewhere on the website about this.