What Makes Workers Satisfied With Their Jobs?

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2014-09-25 Email

Almost all workers occasionally complain about their jobs, but a recently released survey conducted by the Harris Poll for Spherion reports that an overwhelming majority of employees are at least somewhat happy at work. Whether motivated by money or rewarding, interesting roles and responsibilities, many employees are finding ways to achieve career contentment. That's encouraging, especially since a significant number of them describe their organizations as stressful environments. Surprisingly, when accepting a new job, many workers are willing to give up a lot for the sake of being happier in their career. For example, some are willing to sacrifice schedule flexibility, office privacy, and a lower position or job title. "[Workers] will go to extreme lengths and make sacrifices for the sake of finding job happiness," says Sandy Mazur, division president at Spherion. "Employers have a unique opportunity to capitalize on these findings and offer small, but meaningful, opportunities that can help workers be happy in their current roles. And that can pay big dividends for the employee and the employer." More than 2,015 workers took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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