According to a recent report, job satisfaction has reached an all time low. Only 45% of workers surveyed said they were satisfied with their job, versus 61.1% in 1987 when the survey first started.
With one in 10 Americans unemployed today, the looming threat of job loss, decreased team morale, and high stress levels in the workplace all contribute to a loss of productivity and employee burnout. Twenty-two percent of the survey participants said they don’t expect to keep the same job by the end of the year, and overall interest in work was down 18.9%.
So how can you help employees stay on task and interested at work? Try implementing some of the following tips to increase overall employee satisfaction:
Create new challenges. Studies show that setting and achieving goals in the workplace can help boost confidence and overall employee morale. Through your wellness program, a work-sponsored fitness routine, like a walking plan, may help employees become more satisfied in their job by improving their health. The good news: Walking is free, available to just about everyone, and a great health and mood booster.
Offer new outlets. Encourage employees to try new things they can feel good about at work, and outside of the office. For example, partner with a local volunteer organization that can offer employees a way to contribute during work (like dropping off office donations during lunch) or after hours. Or try partnering with a local business that may be able to offer classes to employees at a discount (a yoga class, art classes, a new computer program, culinary classes, etc.).
Be positive. During these uncertain economic times, encourage managers to be complimentary and involved with their team. If an employee is doing a great job, tell them. Or if a group needs an extra push, set up a brainstorming meeting to get thoughts and opinions flowing. Studies show that good communication helps employees feel more secure and confident in their job position, which translates to higher levels of productivity.
Offer flexibility. Stress is one of the top factors when it comes to job dissatisfaction. Depending on your company policy, remind employees about flex hours, and at-home work options.
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