The idea of moving back in with your Parental Unit is horrifying. No one over the age of 21 likes being told to clean their room. But, for many it’s a reality: Unemployment makes the unthinkable inevitable.

It’s no longer enough to just be employed. We want a good job. A job that is fulfilling and challenging and isn’t bad for our health. Most people would rather be unemployed than mal-employed: they’d rather not have a job than have a bad job.

Research suggests that 69% of Americans wouldn’t take a job with a company that has a bad reputation – even if that meant staying unemployed. To consider a move like that, employees indicated that they’d need a 50 to 100% increase in salary.

Defining ‘bad’

A study by Corporate Responsibility Magazine indicated that, while unemployment negatively affects a person’s sense of wellbeing, personality traits like optimism, efficiency and resilience could help them to overcome that feeling.

What makes a ‘bad’ job is personal. It could be related to salary and benefits or poor working conditions. But the main reason people will say their job is bad is because they have a bad boss or manager.

Explaining the shift

People are more aware of how job dissatisfaction contributes to their overall mental health. And, in the search for a happier state of being, they’d rather not be employed than be employed in a job that makes them unhappy, irritable or depressed.

In an ideal world, people would move straight from a bad job into a good job – without a long gap in employment. Keeping your profile up to date is important – just in case you ever start to think that living with your parents would be better than a bad job.