Why do some people get excited to go to work while others loathe Monday mornings? Understandably, we all need to make a living but it seems as though some are enjoying the process more than others. Fortunately, job satisfaction is dependent on a variety of factors, many of which are within your control. With a little effort, you can either find the job that is best suited to meet your individual needs or learn to find fulfillment in the one you already have.
Fewer than two-thirds of employees (64%) in the UK are satisfied with their jobs, according to the preliminary findings of a new survey by Mercer Human Resource Consulting covering over 1,100 workers. This figure represents a reduction of 10% since the survey was last conducted, three years ago. Furthermore, fewer than 6 in 10 employees (59%) feel a strong sense of commitment to their organization – a 5% decline since 2002.
Any employer can create meaning within their workplace - here are a few examples and how you can adapt them to your company.
Transparency in the workplace
Open communication helps your employees feel part of something bigger than themselves. Their personal targets and goals should feed into the organisational objectives so that they feel a sense of reward when they achieve them.
Examples of how transparency can be achieved:
- Provide access to key company figures
- Share company information; can others learn from someone else's mistake?
- Involve employees in the decision-making process
- Let employees know why certain decisions have been made
Employees need to know they will get the opportunity to learn and develop their skills. Take the time to produce personal development plans with your employees and most importantly - follow up!
Being allowed to make independent decisions - to whatever level - will make employees feel trusted. This is generally achieved by outlining the goal of a project but allowing the employee to decide the best way to achieve that goal themselves.
Micromanagement often kills motivation, employee creativity and job satisfaction.
Healthy work-life balance
Employees want to lead a balanced life according to Forbes - they don't want to compromise the quality of their private lives for their careers.
Ways of promoting this can be offering flexible and remote working hours, encouraging breaks, regularly reviewing workloads, or why not offer other benefits such as a subsidized gym membership or a company car?
By acknowledging employees' hard work and commitment to their job satisfaction and productivity rises, they are motivated to maintain or improve their work.
Remember that recognition doesn't always need to be in the shape of money - a simple thank you can go a long way.
A lot can happen within a year, so annual appraisals are often a missed opportunity to make improvements faster. Why wait a whole year to discuss performance, address issues and organise potential training?