Oops! Although the economy keeps improving, working under better financial conditions hasn't improved the relationship between employer and employee. In fact, according to a Virgin Pulse survey of 1,000 worker bees, the relationship has soured substantially in the past year.

Virgin undertook a study it dubbed "Labor of Love" to try to discover how employees were feeling lately about their relationship with work.

Last year, a similar Virgin study reported that 75 percent of those surveyed felt pretty good or had no complaints about their employers. This year, that dropped to 67 percent.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.