Why Job Satisfaction Is a Work in Progress

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2015-10-08 Email

Slightly less than half of U.S. workers are happy on the job, according to a recent survey from the Conference Board. While that figure represents a slight increase for the fourth consecutive year, the research reveals a number of lingering trouble areas: A minority of employees are satisfied with their salary, their employer's promotion policies, and their company's training and education programs. Relatively few feel good about their current state of work-life balance or their organization's flex-time plan. On the encouraging side, most are satisfied with their relationships with both their managers and their co-workers. Still, company leadership should examine the survey results to identify key improvement areas to boost workforce engagement in order to avoid a talent exodus. "The past year has seen a definitive shift to a 'seller's market' in talent, as the effects of an aging, slow-growing labor force begin to take hold," said Rebecca Ray, executive vice president over knowledge organization and human capital at the Conference Board and a co-author of the report. "For workers, this has meant higher satisfaction in the form of increased job security and improved career development prospects. But recovery from the 'Great Recession' remains incomplete for many groups across the demographic spectrum." An estimated 5,000 U.S. workers took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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