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Why People Stay in Jobs They Hate

The golden handcuffs are real.
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Prisoners.

That's the term of art for those stuck in a job they hate but can't seem to leave, according to an Aon Hewitt survey based on data from 500,000 workers. It seems about 8 percent of the global workforce have no interest in their jobs and no motivation to quit them. Thus did these inert, unhappy workers earn their name, a slightly aggressive term for gainfully employed people suffering from ennui.