This recent survey shows that only 30% of Hong Kong people are happy with their work. (Of course, one needs to be cautious about the reliability of such surveys.)
I don’t know why, but I’ve been more and more fascinated with this question in recent years. If one of the major needs in life is to be happy, and since we spend so much of our daily waking time working, why are so few people concerned to make work and the workplace happy for everyone involved? Work doesn’t have to be drudgery. The workplace can be a place we look forward to every day.
And today, we have enough knowledge and wisdom to design work and workplaces which are rewarding and happy (e.g., “Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us” by Daniel H. Pink; “How Google Works” by Eric Schmidt & J. Rosenburg). The problem is: We take for granted that work has to be drudgery; and we (especially those with the power to do so) don’t bother to make the workplace a happy environment for all concerned. We just continue to allow ourselves to suffer. This is so difficult to understand!