Written on Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 at 4:20 pm by Christiane
What are the key factors that keep people happy in the workplace?
One would assume that this should be an easy question to research,however studies about this topic yield different results. For one, researchersuse different questions in their surveys. Another reason is that not allstudies analyze the results by age groups. Generally, younger workers tendto be less satisfied with their jobs than older workers and they do havedifferent expectations.The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) annually surveysemployees and HR professionals about job satisfaction.
The Top 5 Job Satisfaction Factors
for Employees are according to the2009 Survey report :
Opportunities to use skills and abilities
Feeling safe in the work environmentThe HR professionals in this study agreed with µ Job Security¶ as top priority,and they also included µ
enefit¶s and µOpportunities to use skills and abilities¶ among the top 5 factors. However, on rank 2 they put µRelationship withimmediate supervisor¶ and on rank 4Ccommunication between employeesand senior managemen¶t.Salary.com Inc. found that employers overestimate the job satisfactionlevels of their employees. According to the 2008/2009 EmployeeSatisfaction and Retention Survey by salary.com, about 65 % of employeessaid that they are somewhat satisfied with their jobs. Employers believedthis number to be 77%.
ey Factors for staying in the job
are according to the study:Good relationships with co-workers, job security, desirable commute anddesirable hours. Good relationships with managers and adequatebenefitswhere this time not among the top reasons why people remain intheir jobs.