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Employees satisfied with co-workers, unhappy with benefits

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Your co-workers probably like you and your boss just fine –- it’s their pay and benefits they’re peeved about, according to a new Gallup survey.

Three in 10 employees are dissatisfied with the health insurance offered by their boss. The same amount also wish they earned more money.

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Compensation issues in general leave workers disgruntled -– 26% are unhappy with their promotion chances, 28% want better retirement benefits and 34% say there’s too much stress at work.

Blame the nation’s unemployment problem, Gallup says. Compared with 90% job satisfaction before the recession, just 83% of workers are currently content.

Employees are likely enduring less favorable work conditions in order to avoid the dismal job market, while employers are cutting costs by scaling back salaries, promotions and benefits, Gallup said.

Still, compared with the fallout of the dot-com bubble a decade ago, workers are more satisfied overall. The study, which was conducted in mid-August, found that 72% are completely satisfied with the physical safety conditions at work.

The majority of employees are also pleased with their co-workers, their bosses and their work schedule.

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