Survey: 20% of Government Workers Dissatisfied at Work

January 18, 2006 ( - Nearly one in five government workers are unhappy with their jobs, and the same number say they want to leave their job before the end of the year, according to a recent survey.

The survey of 116 government workers by found the primary reason government workers plan to leave their jobs this year is to find better pay and career advancement opportunities, with 36% of respondents saying that is the case.

Forty- three percent of government workers surveyed said they are dissatisfied with their organizations’ overall career advancement opportunities and 45% are dissatisfied with the training and learning opportunities. The survey further discovered 71% of respondents did not get promoted last year, and 36% said they were overlooked for a promotion.

Additionally, 32% of respondents said they are not happy with their salary, and 7% said they did not receive a raise last year. Of the respondents that did get a boost in their paychecks, 80% gained an extra 3% or less.

According to the survey, 54% of government employees said their workload is heavier than it was six months ago, and 29% reported dissatisfaction with their overall work/life balance.