American workers are "insecure, underpaid, highly stressed, and generally unhappy at work," researchers found.
The report, "Unhappy, Worried, and Pessimistic: Americans in the Aftermath of the Great Recession," details the results of a national survey conducted by the school’s John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development. Researchers at the university have been taking stock of public perception on the effects of the recession since it ended in 2009, and honed in on the American workforce ahead of Labor Day weekend.
The Rutgers report also gave respondents a multiple-choice quiz, with a dozen words and phrases, asking them to choose all that applied to American workers.
The top two choices were "Not secure in their jobs" at 70 percent, and "highly stressed" at 68 percent. Rounding out the top three was "takes pride in work," but "happy at work" fell at the very bottom, with just 14 percent.