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December 21, 2011

Reflections on Job Satisfaction

The end of the year is a time of reflection for me.  I look back on the year and typically do a mental review of the activities and occurrences in my personal life and my work life.  Oftentimes I wish I could have a few “do-overs”, but overall I am fortunate that I have more occurrences I would like to relive than do differently.  As I reflect on my career, some years I may have questioned if I was in the right field.  Other years I may have questioned if I was with the right company and satisfied with my job.  I have to admit, I tend to be fairly analytical so these mental discussions sometimes became rather intense and oftentimes I would end up with more questions than answers.

When it comes to job satisfaction, this is an area that is very important to most employees.  With the onset of a new year, and based on headline news the possibility of new jobs, many of your employees may be reflecting on their personal job satisfaction.  The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently released the 2011 Job Satisfaction and Engagement Research Report.  Good news!  The research showed the 83% of U.S. employees reported overall satisfaction with their current jobs.  Where the room for improvement comes is in the area of career development and advancement opportunities.  Only 40% of employees were satisfied in this area.

As employers, this should concern us.  Mark Schmit, SHRM’s vice president for research states “As we slowly come out of the recession, the war for talent will be back on.  When that happens, there is the potential for turnover given the dissatisfaction that employees seem to have with the real or perceived lack of advancement opportunities.”

When you reflect at the end of the year, it would be a good idea to think ahead.  What are you going to do as an employer to ensure your employees are satisfied with their jobs?  What opportunities exist in your company for career advancement and development?  We’d like to know what you are doing in your organization, so please share.

Source:  SHRM 2011 Job Satisfaction and Engagement Research Report

Other Sources:  WorldatWork

 

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