by Loren Edelstein | December 01, 2015
Here are more findings, in the form of verbatim responses, from this month's M&C Research poll on job satisfaction.

What will change about your job in 2016?
• It will be as good or better in 2016.
• Expect...no. Hope, yes! Would love more help so I am not doing so much.
• More support and respect for what I do from my immediate manager
• The clients are great, the managers are brutal and my team competes directly with each other for performance ratings, so helping someone else only hurts you.
• Introducing some new programs. Very exciting
• More health and wellness options and workplace culture
• New job
• I expect I will be working harder for less money as happened over the past two years, as the prices of our services are lowered.
• Better work/life balance
• Compensation on par with current job.
• Change in location.
• More time to work on projects. Feel like I'm playing catch-up but the more foundation that is laid, the better it will be.
• My compensation will stay the same, I will get more work, but I do hope to improve my relationships with managers and colleagues. I have a great relationship with clients and generally enjoy my work - there is just too much of it.
• I see nothing changing unless I leave my current employment.
• Better commute to enhance quality of life
• New challenges keeping me sharp
• Remote office flexibility
• Better office but worse commute
• Retirement
• Things are in flux - new CEO coming in, so lots of uncertainty.
• Better relationship with manager, my clients are fantastic!

Other than the elements noted above, what would you change about your job in 2016 if you could?

• More challenging position with better long-term growth
• I would prefer to plan nonmedical meetings due to all the restrictions imposed on sponsorships.
• Would prefer to work from home more. The days I do go into the office, I would prefer modified hours so as to miss the worst of the commute in/out of downtown D.C.
• The number of weekends I have to work
• Nothing I would change - I value the flexibility of this position. It allows me a paycheck along with the maximum time a working mom can have with her children.
• Not really anything. I just have to keep up with this changing world.
• I would work in a job where I am more appreciated and I can make use of the skills I learned in college.
• Reduced hours
• That my employer would honor the salary study results, which they conducted, and pay me what it says I should be earning. They told me I will never be paid that much, though I should be increased as much as $18,000 per year. So I started looking for another job. I'll be leaving, I hope.
• I would like to feel more like a part of a team. My boss is pulling me in one direction and encourages me not to communicate with the other manager, yet our positions cross each other often due to client relations.
• More ability to make decisions
• Workload is heavy doing three markets by myself. Due to budgets, no change in sight!
• Location of office to be closer to home
• Purchase new equipment.
• Flexibility in work schedule
• I would appreciate my ideas and experience to be listened to; instead, I was beginning to be seen as an annoyance so have stopped making suggestions.
• Smoother path from initial meeting decision to full implementation of event
• Time to better strategize and to set company goals
• I would invent a time machine, go back three years, and insist my boss listen to and follow through on my staffing plan.
• I have a bigger stick to carry when our elected representatives botch up the best opportunities that have ever been encouraged by their own self interests.
• Less politics, more time devoted to process improvement and innovation
• An ethical and smart industry would make my job much easier.
• Time to dream and plan
• My dream for 2016 is that colleagues would view my work as specialized and not "something that anyone can do."
• Difficult to say - better management/control over how things are handled and how workload is assigned
• Additional staffing support
• I would like to be able to concentrate on the logistics of the meetings and have less responsibility for the content and presentations.
• Improving costs to be more reasonable
• Different company/manager
• To either have less work to do or more hours in the day to get it done
• Increase in salary to match the other directors' salaries within the company. I am putting out as much work if not more than the other directors. I have a higher degree and more experience but get paid $15,000-$40,000 less than the other directors.
• Add more benefits for us: health insurance and retirement. We don't have that right now.
• More responsibility while moving away from administrative tasks. It is a struggle in this position to find reliable admin support to the level I expect. Unfortunately it is often less of headache for me to take this on myself.
• Affordable software to help me manage meetings
• I would hire a full-time assistant, rather than relying on a seasonal temp to fill in the gaps. I'm overworked and on salary, so the number of hours it takes me doesn't matter much to leadership. Some leadership are very supportive, others are less so.
• There is indication that staffing will have to be cut, and that is not effective and I will have to rethink how to operationalize the cuts and move toward outside services event further.
• Staffing cuts in reaction to the economic downturn in 2009 have not been restored. I would love to get a support position filled, but that is not up for approval.
• Hire a team in order to be able to delegate and get more accomplished
• The hours. On average I work about 60 hours per week, and that has gotten old. I don't see any relief in 2016. Its a good thing that I like what I do, otherwise I would be out of here.
• No last-minute surprise changes from leadership!!!
• More transparency and cross-dept. info sharing
• Reduce hours to three days per week
• More meetings and more business