Baby Boomers generally dissatisfied with the current job search process

Just over half of employed Americans say they have good pay

The author(s)

  • Hailey Foster Research Analyst, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Director, US, Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
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Washington, DC, November 18, 2021 – A recent Ipsos poll finds that Baby Boomers are generally dissatisfied with the current job search process. Most Americans report that they are not currently looking for a new job. There have been no significant changes in people’s employment situations since May. Dissatisfaction with the number of interviews offered to people searching for new jobs is high. On another subject, about a third of Americans feel comfortable talking about mental health at work. A similar number of employees feel their companys’ leaders prioritize mental health issues. There are less people afraid of taking vacation time for fear of losing their job than in May.

Detailed Findings

1. Half (49%) of current job seekers report the number of interviews being offered to them are poor. Job seekers report an increase in the amount of flexibility offered by new job opportunities from May (24%) to November (30%). Fewer job seekers report the amount of time to find a new job as “good” in November (15%) compared to May 2021 (26%).

2. Baby Boomers are generally dissatisfied with the current job search process.

  • Baby Boomers consistently rank aspects of the process as “very poor” at higher rates than other generations. Baby Boomers find salary and benefits to be very poor at new jobs (both 26%). Two in five (40%) Baby Boomers find the type of job opportunities available and time it is taking to find a new job to be very poor. The length of time spent looking for a new job and amount of job opportunities available are seen as very poor by about one third (36%) of Baby Boomers.

3. Just over half of employed Americans (54%) currently say they have good pay.

  • This is similar to the 55% of Americans in May reporting good pay. Looking at generations, 31% of Gen X reports very good pay compared to 13% of Gen Z.
  • Two in five (40%) Millennials feel good about their ability to be promoted at work compared to one in four (25%) Baby Boomers.

4. About a third of Americans (35%) feel comfortable talking about mental health at work.

  • Half of employed respondents (52%) say that they know what mental health resources are available at their company. Three in five report that their coworkers (62%) or supervisors (61%) will support them. Over half of Millennials (52%) feel comfortable expressing their feelings at work compared to a quarter (27%) of Gen Z.
  • Currently 75% of people say they are not afraid to take vacation time for fear of losing their job or fearing things falling apart at work compared to 69% of people in May.

These are the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between November 12-15, 2021. For this study, a sample of 1,015 adults age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii was interviewed online in English. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points for all respondents.

About the Study

This Ipsos poll was conducted November 12 – 15, 2021, by Ipsos using the probability-based KnowledgePanel®. This poll is based on a nationally representative probability sample of 1,015 general population adults age 18 or older. The sample included 83 respondents aged 18-25 (Gen Z), 219 respondents aged 26-39 (Millennial), 277 respondents aged 40-55 (Gen X), and 436 respondents aged 55+ (Baby Boomer).

The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level, for results based on the entire sample of adults. The margin of sampling error takes into account the design effect, which was 1.22 The margin of sampling error is higher and varies for results based on other sub-samples. In our reporting of the findings, percentage points are rounded off to the nearest whole number. As a result, percentages in a given table column may total slightly higher or lower than 100%. In questions that permit multiple responses, columns may total substantially more than 100%, depending on the number of different responses offered by each respondent.

The survey was conducted using KnowledgePanel, the largest and most well-established online probability-based panel that is representative of the adult US population. Our recruitment process employs a scientifically developed addressed-based sampling methodology using the latest Delivery Sequence File of the USPS – a database with full coverage of all delivery points in the US. Households invited to join the panel are randomly selected from all available households in the U.S. Persons in the sampled households are invited to join and participate in the panel. Those selected who do not already have internet access are provided a tablet and internet connection at no cost to the panel member. Those who join the panel and who are selected to participate in a survey are sent a unique password-protected log-in used to complete surveys online. As a result of our recruitment and sampling methodologies, samples from KnowledgePanel cover all households regardless of their phone or internet status and findings can be reported with a margin of sampling error and projected to the general population.

The data were weighted to adjust for gender by age, race/ethnicity, education, Census region, metropolitan status, household income, race/ethnicity by gender, race/ethnicity by age, and race/ethnicity by education. The demographic benchmarks came from the 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) except for the metropolitan status, which is not available from the 1-year ACS data, were obtained from the 2020 March Supplement of the Current Population Survey (CPS).

  • Gender (Male, Female) by Age (18–25, 26–39, 40-54 and 55+)
  • Race/Hispanic Ethnicity (White Non-Hispanic, Black Non-Hispanic, Latinx, Asian, Other)
  • Education (Less than High School, High School, Some College, Bachelor or higher)
  • Census Region (Northeast, Midwest, South, West) by Metropolitan status (Metro, non-Metro)
  • Household Income (Under $25,000, $25,000-$49,999, $50,000-$74,999, $75,000-$99,999, $100,000-$149,999, $150,000+)
  • Race/ethnicity (White/Other Non-Hispanic, Black Non-Hispanic, Latinx, Asian) by Gender (Male, Female)
  • Race/ethnicity (White/Other Non-Hispanic, Black Non-Hispanic, Latinx, Asian) by Age (18-44, 45+)
  • Race/ethnicity (White/Other Non-Hispanic, Black Non-Hispanic, Latinx, Asian) by Education (Some College or less, Bachelor and beyond)

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Our passionately curious research professionals, analysts and scientists have built unique multi-specialist capabilities that provide true understanding and powerful insights into the actions, opinions and motivations of citizens, consumers, patients, customers or employees. We serve more than 5000 clients across the world with 75 business solutions.

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The author(s)

  • Hailey Foster Research Analyst, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Director, US, Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs

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