Why do most Chinese dislike their jobs?

An employee yawns as he works at a garment factory in Humen township, Guangdong province, 24 November 2013
Image caption A survey reveals that employees in China say they are not engaged in their jobs

Judging by the survey data, many Chinese workplaces are black holes of misery and despair.

Only 6% of Chinese employees said they are "engaged" in their jobs, according to a global Gallup survey released this month. China's numbers equal the numbers out of war-weary Iraq.

Workers across all income levels and industries were surveyed by Gallup in China, defined by Gallup to mean they were "psychologically committed to their jobs and likely to be making positive contributions to their organisations".

Out of 94 countries polled, only six countries scored lower rates of job engagement than China, including Tunisia, Israel and Syria. Unsurprisingly, 0% of Syrians admitted to being engaged at work.

In a related survey, China ranked near the bottom in a poll measuring job satisfaction among 22 Asian countries. Only 49% of Chinese respondents said they were happy in their jobs.

Part of the problem, I suspect, is that very few in China have the luxury of pursuing a career that truly interests them.

Even university graduates often feel they have no choice but to opt for positions with the government or state-run enterprises, since those jobs are thought to be stable and recession-proof.

That makes those who are happy at work in China a rare find indeed.

The BBC's ongoing My Day series tracked a typical day in a selection of people across Asia who are immersed in rewarding jobs, including some from China - a maternity nurse and a jack of all trades designer.

The latest instalment in the series tracks the work of a Chinese genealogist. Huihan Lie runs the company My China Roots in Beijing, which traces family histories and tries to put them in the context of the time.

"With every project, you find things you weren't expecting to find and the client wasn't expecting to find," he says. "Really, every person has their own little quirks and personal stories."

We'll continue to add to this series over the next few months. If you have any suggestions of interesting careers you think we should track, please add your comments below.