Job satisfaction is at an all time low. While there are many factors that have contributed to this phenomenon, one of the most common situations that have workers grumbling is being understaffed in the wake of layoffs. In these uncertain times, many companies are trying to get as much out of their workers as possible.
According to an article from Time Business, over half of the workforce feels “constantly overworked”, up 7 percent from last year. What’s more, when respondents were asked if they were “100 percent committed to their jobs,” only half of them said that they were, compared to 2012’s three fourths of surveyed workers.
Clearly, something’s amiss. So is it a product of the economy? A generational thing? Has everyone suddenly decided to stop refilling the coffee pot when they take the last cup? Well, at Accolo, we believe that the problem is that of mismatching. With close to 4 million open jobs in the united states, the only explanation that seems logical is that there is a massive hiring problem in the United States. Professionals simply aren’t ending up where they should be, adding to both worker dissatisfaction and the decline in average retention of employees. Never before has putting the proper person in the proper job been more important to the success of both individual companies and the economy as a whole.
If Job Satisfaction is at a low, then what can we do to improve it?
As I mentioned before, matching plays a big part in employee satisfaction. Many businesses will hire an employee without properly vetting them due to time constraints or pressure to get the ball rolling. This is a common cause of employee dissatisfaction, especially if the employee joined the company simply out of the need for a job, and not because he wanted the position. Often when you deal with someone who chooses you as a last resort, you’ll find that they will be difficult to please. Other times, employees may come in with rose-colored glasses and think your company is the greatest, only to find that once they join the grass isn’t much greener. So, regardless of whether or not you run into one of these cases, what can you do to improve employee satisfaction?
What can you do to improve job satisfaction?
- Give employees a sense of control – Something as simple as giving your employees some control over their schedule can do wonders for their happiness. Granted you’ll need to have some overlap with your employees schedules in order to get team meetings together, but there’s no reason that you can’t let your employee stroll into the office at 10 or 11AM if they’re not exactly morning people.
- Find ways to decrease commuting stress – While every company is different, I’m a firm believer in minimizing the impact of a horrible commute. Finding the best talent is already difficult enough, but imagine if you could find that perfect employee, but the one deal breaker for them is the commute. Do you risk losing a great employee or hire just because they don’t want to commute 2.5 hours to the office? My answer is no. With technology making the world smaller than ever, and 24/7 communication easier than ever before, there’s no reason why you can’t hire that great employee. Yes, having a team in the office is great for company morale, but having your business exceed its profit goals by 300% because you’ve hired the best employees is even better.
- Communicate with your employees – I’m surprised by how many companies preach an open work environment, but still don’t find the time to speak with their employees on a regular basis. Learning about your employees lives helps to build trust, and speaking to them about their long and short term goals helps you to understand their mindset, enabling you to see what you can do as a manager to accommodate them today and in the future.
These are just a few ideas on how you can improve employee job satisfaction, but if you have any other ideas, then feel free to share them in the comments below. Aloha!