Updated: Dec 16, 2020
The idea that "a job is a job" is relatively common and often goes along with the idea that employees don't need to enjoy what they do to perform their work. This thought ignores the effect job satisfaction can have on an employee's performance and overall retention time. There have been several studies on the causes of job satisfaction and how it affects employee productivity and morale, and most show a tangible link between increased employee job satisfaction and company prosperity.
The Value of Job Satisfaction
Job satisfaction is a measure of how much employees like the work they do. While this might seem obvious to most people, it's much less obvious why this is important. Some would even argue that job satisfaction is mostly unimportant since unhappy employees still come to work to do their jobs like everyone else. However, the importance of job satisfaction lies in how it affects the way employees approach their work and how their attitudes affect those around them.
Employees who are very satisfied with the work that they do, perform their work in drastically different ways than those employees who actively dislike their jobs. Perhaps more importantly, happy employees are much more likely to work alongside other happy employees because of the effect they have on overall workplace morale. On the other hand, unhappy employees — or those who frequently complain about their work — are likely to drag morale down and cause those around them to suffer the effects of decreased job satisfaction.
Benefits of High Job Satisfaction
In an article by Jack Gerard in BizFluent, “There's an idea that if you do something you love, you'll never have to work a day in your life. This is a strong reflection on job satisfaction since menial tasks can be a positive if you genuinely enjoy the process of your work routine. While even jobs you enjoy will most likely feel like work some of the time, job satisfaction does make work more enjoyable. This isn't the only benefit of high job satisfaction, either; here are a few additional benefits that research shows come from enjoying the work that you do:”
Employees with high job satisfaction are more productive, getting more work done than employees who do not enjoy their jobs.
Employees who enjoy their jobs are more loyal to the companies they work for and are less likely to look for employment elsewhere.
Employees who like their work are more likely to talk positively about their company and its products, making them into natural brand ambassadors.
Employees who report high job satisfaction are less likely to call in sick or otherwise miss work.
Employees who are satisfied with their jobs are more likely to earn raises or promotions than those who aren't, due in part to them putting forth extra effort due to their satisfaction level.
Companies with a significant number of satisfied employees spend less on recruiting and training than those who don't due to a decreased employee turnover rate.
Companies with satisfied employees see increased overall profits due to a significant portion of their workforce being more motivated and productive.
So, I ask again, Are You Satisfied?
You deserve to be, and you can be! You can become satisfied with your current job! You can explore career paths that allow you to indulge a passion! You can do work that you love, while earning a paycheck!
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