WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — They've been called lazy, entitled and impatient, but a new poll shows millennials appear to have a more positive view of their work compared to older generations.
Thirty-nine percent of millennials said they loved their jobs in a recent poll by ScottRassmussen.com, while another 39 percent said they derive some satisfaction from their work. Only 22 percent saw their job as a means to an end. Despite being criticized for their work ethic, millennials ranked second only to the silent generation (those in their 70s and older) when it comes to loving their jobs.
The job satisfaction gap between millennials and their parents isn't that wide. According to the Rasmussen numbers, 35 percent of baby boomers love their jobs and 46 percent derive some satisfaction. Only 19 percent saw their jobs as a means to an end.
Millennials also reported more favorable views of their bosses and supervisors, compared to baby boomers. Approximately 41 percent reported a favorable view, while another 31 percent reported a somewhat favorable view. Only 36 percent of baby boomers reported a favorable view of their bosses and supervisors, while 29 percent reported a somewhat favorable view.
The numbers also show millennials have a more positive view of their coworkers compared to baby boomers; 41 percent of millennials reported a very favorable view, while only 34 percent of baby boomers felt the same way.
"Attitudes Americans have about their jobs are more important to the economy now that the U.S. unemployment rate is the lowest in nearly 50 years at 3.7 percent," wrote the polling site. "The tight labor market is giving more Americans the confidence to quit jobs they're unhappy with, even if they don’t have a definite new job lined up."
Despite their reported job satisfaction, millennials are likely to be the ones leaving their jobs for better opportunities, according to a survey by released by Deloitte last year. According to Deloitte's numbers, 43 percent of millenials planned to quit their jobs within the next two years, and only 28 percent planned to stay for more than five years.