Most of our waking day is spent in the workplace. Different to a couple of decades ago, many employees do not want to simply go to work, complete their tasks and return home. They instead want to reach the top of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, feel valued in their job position and become an integrate part of the company’s culture.

Experts in and advocates of positive change management, Impact International has summed up the latest research on employee satisfaction.

What can you do to improve job satisfaction?

To explore employee satisfaction in the workplace, a 2016 survey was carried out by Society for Human Resource Management. Amongst the top ten contributors to job satisfaction were:

  • Respectful treatment of employees, this was ranked first
  • Job security
  • Opportunities to use skills and abilities at work
  • Supervisor’s respect for your work
  • Compensation and pay

The results of the study also revealed that Millennials valued career development opportunities, career advancement opportunities and job-specific training more than older employees.

So, how can you bring these to your workplace?

When you are an employer, it can be easy to push employee satisfaction to one side when the profits look good. However, productivity can increase with a happier workforce and it is worth implementing some of the following strategies to get the best out of your staff:

Treating staff with respect

This was voted as the most important contributor to employee satisfaction. One way to ensure that your employees are being treated with respect is to maintain an approachable attitude. As a boss, if employees feel that they can come to you with issues, it will be easy to find out if anyone is being disrespectful. Employers can introduce regular reviews with staff to demonstrate their concern for welfare and provide opportunity for problems to be raised.

Letting employees know their jobs are safe

Many employees need to know whether their job is safe, they rely on the money for paying bills and other amenities. Therefore, all employees hope to feel secure in their current job role – its means they can come to work feeling safe and happy. One way to implement this in the workplace is to keep staff informed of the financial situation of the business. Update members of the company with successes and profits to keep them in the loop.

Using their full skillset

The research showed that staff like to use their full skillset in their role. As the research showed, Millennials are happy to undertake job-specific training too, to develop their skills further. Bosses should aim to ensure that members of staff are in the correct role for their skillset. This can also be discussed in regular review sessions – perhaps a member of staff has more to bring to the company than you know of.

Receiving respect

It can be tough for employees when their work goes unrecognised. The key here is the approach to staff that supervisors and management take. By providing relevant feedback to employees or taking time out to thank them, staff feel more valued. Approaching members of staff this way may also encourage them to work hard in the future.

Money values and compensation

Monetary and non-monetary compensation will probably always be a contributor to employee satisfaction. However, this does not have to be in the form of money or pay rises. Compensation can come in the form of a reward system – perhaps the employee of the month may receive a prize or short trip somewhere. Offering trips and social events for employees can also encourage them to feel valued, as it is a treat that they would not have received if they did not work there.

As the study has revealed, job satisfaction is highly influenced by attitudes in the workplace. This can be improved without massive investments or having to compromise any business activity. Through valuing your staff and encouraging employee engagement, in addition to a happy workforce, you may also see your productivity levels soar.


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