Opportunities and Challenges Fuel Job Satisfaction

Opportunities and Challenges Fuel Job Satisfaction

Opportunities and Challenges Fuel Job Satisfaction

Happy Days
81% of employees are satisfied—down from 86% in 2009.

The majority of professionals are happy at work, according to this year's annual “2012 Job Satisfaction and Engagement Research Report” from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). And this state of contentment is about more than just job security and money. The findings show that employees are highly engaged because of the abundance of fulfilling challenges they're tackling at work. In fact, most of them are so immersed in their roles at work that "hours go by like minutes." Employers, however, can't sit pat thinking that all is well. The overall satisfaction rating has slipped a bit since 2009, when staffers were happy just to have a job. So organizations will have to make sure valuable talent remains invigorated in order to avoid a mass exodus as employment opportunities improve. "Proactive employers will monitor job satisfaction and introduce change to retain top talent," says Mark Schmit, SHRM's vice president for research. An estimated 600 workers took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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