5 key measures, what an employee look for job satisfaction

5 key measures, what an employee look for job satisfactionThe findings of the ‘Job Satisfaction 2017-18’ survey by TimesJobs.com revealed that 45% employees are not satisfied with their current job, while 60% said they are looking to switch jobs.
While each person is motivated by different things, there are several key factors that commonly contribute to overall job satisfaction.
1. REMUNERATION AND PERCEIVED VALUE
40% said they have a bad salary. Although it’s often said that money should not be the driver in our professional lives, it certainly does contribute greatly to job satisfaction. A competitive salary acknowledges that the contribution an employee makes is valued by their company, indicating fulfilment from both parties. When an employee is paid a salary they deem as satisfying, they’ll be less likely to look for a higher-paying role elsewhere.

2. Meaning and purpose

25% said they do meaningless work. Feeling that the work you do has meaning and purpose is a critical element of job satisfaction. You deserve to work in a role and for an organisation where your personal purpose can shine. Almost any job can be meaningful but finding that meaning is something we must consciously pursue and create through thoughtfulness and practice. It really does come down to defining and enacting your purpose in the quest for professional fulfilment. Aligning your work with personal passions and values helps, as does being aware of how it serves others, and gaining recognition for your valued contribution.

3. A balance between work and life

35% said they have a poor work-life balance. The term ‘work-life balance’ is thrown around on a regular basis, but what does it really mean? It is described as, “the relationship between your work and the commitments in the rest of your life and how they impact on one another.” Each person will have a different perspective of where the balance should lie, but generally, it should mean that work is left at work.

4. Workplace culture

While we’re not at work to make friends, the culture within a workplace can really make or break job satisfaction. Workplace culture refers to everything from trust between employees and management, to the environment itself. A healthy environment is one that is stress-free and creates a positive and productive setting for all staff. It also relates to job security, as feeling insecure within a role can lead to a great deal of anxiety. Security can be provided through transparency and regular communication about the company’s performance and long-term plans, and a commitment to each employee’s path within the company.

5. A path for progression

Finally, even if an employee is satisfied at their current level, many want to know that there is scope to progress within the company and function in the future. After some time, most will want to take on greater responsibilities, and with that comes a need for higher remuneration. Professional development opportunities are also key to job satisfaction, as employees look to continually learn and progress within their field. Even if it’s not a priority when originally hired, a focus on retaining employees within an organisation through progression and learning should be a priority.
Job satisfaction is a huge component to overall happiness and should be a priority for both individuals and organisations. If your job isn’t working for you, consider speaking with your manager to rectify the situation, or pursue other opportunities that will bring you greater job. Life’s too short.
April 18, 2018

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