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Poll: Those Over 35 Twice as Unhappy at Jobs as Those Under 35

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Aug 22, 2017


Think your job is stressful now? Wait until you’re 35. That’s when things get really bad, at least according to a recent poll of over 2,000 workers, according to Bloomberg. The survey, conducted by Robert Half U.K., found that one in six British workers over the age of 35 said they were unhappy at their work, nearly double the number for those under the age of 35. There isn’t a similarly dramatic jump when considering workers over 55: while they are slightly unhappier than those 35 to 55, it’s just a roughly 2 percent different. Bloomberg said that our 30s tend to be a time of reflection, where we start asking ourselves why we’re doing what we’re doing, and so existential ponderings of this nature might increase how we view our jobs. It also noted that people at this stage are either entering high-stress positions as they rise in their career ladders, or are disappointed for not doing so. It also noted that while salaries are higher, there’s also more expenses at this stage of life, like children, which can intensify personal stress, which in turn can spill over into work stress.