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Employees Are More Satisfied and Motivated

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2015-06-22
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    Employees Are More Satisfied and Motivated

    Employees Are More Satisfied and Motivated

    By Dennis McCafferty

U.S. worker satisfaction and motivation have increased in recent years, according to research from the American Psychological Association (APA). The resulting "2015 Work and Well-Being Survey" report addresses employee sentiment trends on a wide range of vocational issues, and found that, for the most part, things are improving—albeit slowly in some areas. Specifically, the majority of workers surveyed said that their company is making them feel more valued by providing better growth and development opportunities. They also feel better about their work-life balance: Many reported that their employers are doing a better job of offering programs and opportunities to develop and maintain a healthier lifestyle, which results in a more productive and engaged employee. "When people have access to and use programs and policies that are designed to create a psychologically healthy workplace, it's a win-win for the employees and the organization," said David Ballard, head of the APA's Center for Organizational Excellence. "We need to ensure that all employees—no matter where they rank in the organization—have the same opportunities available to them." More than 1,500 U.S. adults took part in the research, which was conducted by Harris Poll. (Note: The survey includes some comparative findings over a five-year window and others over a shorter period of time. For this slideshow, we've included the longest range of time available for comparative results.)

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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