NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- American workers should be antsy again (and with good reason), but they're not.
First up, last week's jobs report showed only minuscule gains in jobs in December.
The data also showed that hundreds of thousands of people looking for work have given up and stopped looking for a job (and are no longer counted as "unemployed" by the U.S. government dysfunctional workforce calculations).
Consequently, you'd expect U.S. workers to leverage 2014, up their game and make themselves more indispensable than ever on the workplace.
To some extent, they're doing that -- but not in the numbers you might expect.
A survey from Glassdoor.com shows that 32% of U.S. employees are putting pay raises at the top of their career checklists lists for the year. Another 22% say their biggest priority for the year is to find a new job, and 20% say they plan on using the maximum number of vacation and personal days allowable from their jobs.
At least some staffers mean to earn any pay upgrade, Glassdoor reports. Twenty percent of workers say they want to work on building more leadership skills that could launch them up the career ladder (but 80% of workers are content with the status quo and won't be working on any new management skills).
Despite last week's lousy employment figures (the survey was taken well before the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers came out Thursday), Glassdoor says employees have a remarkably sunny outlook on their career prospects, but it's an outlook highly dependent on a healthy job market.