IN DEFENCE GOSSIP – POLITICS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS
Well I’d laugh, but being a former youth worker, a member of a group ranked in terms of happiness/job satisfaction 223rd out of 274, I’ll be steadfastly glum and miserable, even wretched! But to be honest I can’t keep up the pretence. I’m on the edge of an unbecoming show of mirth tinged with anger. Where to start? The Cabinet Office’s naivete? The vacuous notion of well-being?The idea that happiness is objectively measurable? The stupidity of such surveys? Or even a sense of it’s no wonder youth workers are pissed off, given the assault on both young people and the distinctive way through which we seek to engage with them. It’s coming to something when it is alleged we experience less job satisfaction than folk forced to fill supermarket shelves.
The report claims:
The government thinks people should have access to information on the relationship between the salary and the satisfaction associated with a career – part of the prime minister’s commitment to find policies that boost the well-being of the nation.
The Cabinet Office is working on a web-based calculator that will allow those torn between two career paths to compare the average salaries and life-satisfaction associated with each.
Ah, but perhaps the survey’s decision to place youth workers so low down the league table of job satisfaction is part of a plan to diminish further their status and significance. After all who would want to do a job with such little going for it?
Thanks to Peter Hart and Fin Cullen for the link.