Job Satisfaction is the Answer to Employees' Commitment and Retention

Job satisfaction is of concern to both employers and employees.

Every employer will worry when employees start losing interest in their job. And sensible employers will want to know the reason why so that they can look for the solution.

After working for years, employees feel tired. They may start to ask when will they earn their one million. Now there is nothing wrong in having such a thought. It is when it becomes an obsession that it can become a problem.

Take, for example, people in HR. HR is not at at the same level as established professions such as doctors, engineers, dentists, and lawyers. The salary of HR people may come within the bottom half of the list of jobs that pay well. Or may be not!

Before going any further, what do you understand by "job satisfaction"?

Consider the following.

  1. The employee is happy and content in doing the job, no matter what.
  2. "...a pleasurable or positive emotional state resulting from the appraisal of one's job or job experiences" (Locke (1976)
  3. "Contentment (or lack of it) arising out of interplay of employee's positive and negative feelings toward his or her work." Online Business Dictionary.

It is said that reward for the job done is the basis of employee satisfaction. Rob Wengrzyn mentions rewards like monetary and non-monetary rewards such as "a feeling' or "prestige", promotion, job security, and so on.

Famous people seem to have no problem with job satisfaction
If you scan through the daily papers, you will note that there is seldom a day when the lives of a few stars, be they actors or actresses, models or
dancers, movie makers or talk show hosts, are mentioned. Apart from the mention of the childish things that one or two artists do,  the papers
hail the lives of celebrities, mentioning how much money they make per movie or per day or per hour. Beside mentioning the near bankruptcy of some stars, the papers do not fail to mention the millions upon millions that the stars make or are paid. Is this really true?

None of the successful people seems to have any problem with job satisfaction. The only thing you may sometimes come across is that some
famous people are willing to bare their bodies to earn additional millions. In a normal working conditions, employers of these people will give them the sack after a hearing. This is one of the misconducts normally listed in organization's disciplinary rules and regulations.

Everybody wants to praise the rich and famous. It is seldom mentioned that anyone of them are not happy with million-dollar jobs. Even the
newspapers want to bath in the limelight of the stars. And in the process help them earn a lot of money.

Is this any indication that working in the entertainment industry and anywhere else has a lot of difference?

Can HR people earn a million in their entire working life?
You start to ponder what these people had done to make them earn that much money. How can someone working in HR make even a million? Is it
possible for HR people to earn even up to a million until they retire? Probably the most senior HR people may accumulate that much money if
enough is saved from every paycheck.

Implement strategies to increase employees' job satisfaction

In spite of the poor condition of HR jobs, these jobs are important to organizations.

HR is in the right position to ensure employee satisfaction. However, before all else, HR people need to ensure that themselves have job
satisfaction. They cannot preach what they have not experienced.

Help employees to -

  1. discover what are important in their jobs and what are important to them.
  2. identify which part of their job can meet expectations.
  3. solve job-related problems.
  4. have realistic expectations at work.
  5. progress in their career.

How to measure job satisfaction

  1. Carry out a survey, taking into consideration compensation, working conditions, workload, flexibility, teamwork, resources, etc.
  2. Conduct interviews. Not effective if trust between employees and employer does not exist.
  3. Observe workers at their jobs. Satisfied employees do not necessarily add value to the organization. They may not perform to their actual capability.

Ensure employees are a satisfied lot
Dissatisfied employees leave. It is fine if those who leave are the average people. But your organization will suffer if talented employees leave.
Ensure that you keep talents in the organization.

Click HERE on how to keep your top talents

Do you have motivated employees?
Are satisfied employees motivated employees? In most probability they are!

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