A Collection of Tips for Improving Job Satisfaction
written by: Tara Duggan•edited by: Jean Scheid•updated: 10/7/2011
Nurturing job satisfaction typically involves accurately assessing employee needs, promoting effective programs that enable career development and ensuring workers have the training, resources and support to succeed on the job. Learn more in this must-bookmark guide!
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Leading Employees Effectively
Effective Human Resource professionals find innovative ways for nurturing job satisfaction. By regularly conducting employee surveys to assess satisfaction, identify trends and validate the need for employee programs you get timely input. Then, you can improve employee morale, reduce absenteeism and increase employee retention rates. Successful HR professionals also conduct focus groups and interview employees to brainstorm ideas for fostering a productive work environment on an ongoing basis.
Job satisfaction reflects an employee’s contentment with job conditions. It helps predict productivity and morale rates. Effective leaders foster a satisfying work environment to enable high levels of worker output. Hackman and Oldham’s Job Characteristics Model of Job Satisfaction, developed in the 1970s, theorizes that five core job characteristics result in job satisfaction. These include the variety of skills required, task identity, significance of job, autonomy and feedback.
Managers and leaders typically allocate tasks, exert the authority influencing the extent of autonomy offered and ask for feedback. Effective leaders recognize that satisfied employees remain motivated to complete work, are committed to quality and compelled to meet goals. Read how changes in leadership impact job satisfaction and productivity. Better yet, use this detailed guide to employee motivation and learn how to reduce role ambiguity to minimize job conflict.
Obtain employee feedback by conducting employee surveys. Designing an effective questionnaire typically involves stating the topic, including a series of questions related to assessing satisfaction or improving conditions and providing space for comments. Keep the survey short to ensure that all your employees have the time to complete their answers and contribute their opinions and ideas for improvement.
Learn more about how to develop quantitative surveys to evaluate job satisfaction at your company. Learn the top reasons why people dislike their jobs so you can avoid these conditions. Get free examples of surveys to measure job satisfaction, engagement and benefits satisfaction.
Job rotation opportunities challenge workers. These opportunities help them sustain satisfaction with their careers and the company. Because job rotations disrupt routines, they reduce boredom and provide enriching experiences. These experiences also enable workers to meet other employees and see work from a different perspective. By learning how to perform other functions, employees develop their skills and experience to further their careers.
A job rotation prepares a worker for career advancement and helps a company do effective succession planning. Job rotations allow employees to develop their existing professional skills as well as learn new technical knowledge. Job rotation programs tend to reduce attrition and improve morale. Get information about job rotation programs. Learn how this technique can improve job satisfaction at your company.
Job satisfaction rates tend to be related to employee benefits and working conditions. Employee wellness programs typically produce positive returns on investments. Other employee programs, such as training, monetary rewards and incentives, job enrichment activities and healthy environments also contribute to job satisfaction. Assess your employee needs and then implement programs on a pilot basis to ensure success before you implement these programs on a larger scale.
Learn how to increase employee satisfaction by decreasing conflict and stress in the workplace, institute flexible work schedules, provide praise and maintain open and honest communication. Find out how policies and procedures contribute to job satisfaction. Learn how to create loyal employees by instituting employee retention programs.
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