Job Satisfaction Grows, but Work Issues Persist
A majority of workers are satisfied with their job, according to a recent survey from the Conference Board. The accompanying "Job Satisfaction: 2017 Edition" reports that even though the majority is just over the 50 percent mark, it's still significantly higher than it was at the start of this decade. And a number of influential workplace happiness factors—such as relationships with managers and co-workers and engagement-related sentiments—fared much better. However, to remain competitive in an era when available talent is scarce, organizations will have to address employees' unresolved issues, including a lack of potential for future growth and an unacceptable state of work-life balance. "The U.S. labor market is rapidly changing from a period in which there were not enough jobs to one with not enough workers," according to the report. "In such an environment, it is not surprising that job satisfaction is improving. At the moment, there is no sign of a turning point for this aspect of the U.S. economy. … It will be interesting to see whether job satisfaction continues to improve, as it did between 2010 and 2016. We expect it to, as the war for talent intensifies and employees have more opportunities to move to jobs they want, and employers work harder to retain them." An estimated 1,600 workers took part in the research, which was conducted by the Nielsen Co.