The survey by Aflac, conducted by Harris Interactive, indicates 35 percent of adults say the spirit of the U.S. workforce is broken, while 69 percent of employed adults report that their paycheck is the majority of the reason they work.
Tom Giddens, senior vice president and director of U.S. Sales at Aflac, says the ability to set one's own hours, spend more time with friends and family, not have to deal with office politics and/or not have to endure a daily commute, are some of the reasons motivating to make a career change to become an independent entrepreneur.
"This survey reaffirms that many Americans lack fulfillment and passion for their jobs and struggle with work/life balance," Giddens says in a statement.
The online survey was conducted in August among 2,220 U.S. adults, of whom 1,272 were employed. No margin of error was provided.