84% US Workers Not in Their Dream Jobs; "Presenteeism" Costs $180B a Year

Nearly four out of five U.S. workers (84%) are not currently in their dream job, according to a CareerBuilder.com national consumer employment survey, conducted by Harris Interactive. 

The survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder.com among 6,169 workers (employed full-time; not self employed), ages 18 and over within the United States between November 17 and December 11, 2006. 

Top 5 Key Dream Job Attributes:

Having fun at work was the most important attribute of a dream job for 39% of workers, which heavily outweighed the 12% who said salary was most important.

  1. Having fun at work (39%)
  2. Making a difference in society (17%)
  3. Salary (12%)
  4. Traveling and seeing the world (5%) 
  5. Being creative within a position (5%)

The announcement coincides with CareerBuilder.com's and Disney Parks' national search which will give Americans the opportunity to live out their Disney Parks "Dream Job" for a day.

A separate research found that "presenteeism," or going to work when sick, is a persistent problem at more than half of U.S. workplaces and costs U.S. business a whopping $180 billion a year, according to CCH, a division of Wolters Kluwer.

CCH research shows 56% of human resource executives see "presenteeism" as a problem now, up from 39% making the same complaint two years ago.

Presenteeism costs employers in terms of lowered productivity, prolonged illness by sick workers and the potential spread of illness to colleagues and customers, experts say.

For many, going to work sick is not a choice, as 47% of the nation's private sector workforce has no paid sick leave, according to advocacy group 9to5.

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