How to Determine the Reason for Low Job Satisfaction
Reasons for Low Job Satisfaction
A responsible employer knows that job satisfaction is one of the foundations for satisfied employees, and that satisfied, happy employees are more likely to produce quality work at a productive rate. Job satisfaction has been shown to affect the overall quality of an employee’s work, and when job satisfaction as low, both quality and productivity can decrease. Low job satisfaction is often cited by employees as one of the major reasons why they do not enjoy working and why they might perform less well than they know they should. A common complaint by employees with low job satisfaction is that, because they feel unsatisfied with their job, they do not see a reason for giving the best quality work that they can give.
Although job satisfaction is a common problem, it does not need to be a continuing source of headaches for employers. There are several things that employers can do in order to increase the overall job satisfaction for their employers or at least decrease the instances of dissatisfaction with a job. The key for employers who want to increase job satisfaction is to first understand the concept. Job satisfaction is defined as the overall satisfaction an employee has with many aspects of their job—this not only includes obvious characteristics such as their pay and hours, but often overlooked features such as vacation time, relationships with other employees, rapport with superiors, and the general treatment employees receive at the hands of their employers. And in order to increase job satisfaction, any of these issues which are being seen negatively by employees—or which could be seen negatively—should be addressed.
The first thing an employer should do if they notice a sharp decline in job satisfaction among their employers is to uncover the problem. This can be done in several ways, but the most thorough way involves writing down a list of everything that could affect employee satisfaction with their job. This includes, but is not limited to: total number of hours, pay scale, work benefits, schedule flexibility, co-worker rapport, superior rapport, work environment, ability to move up in the workplace, vacation time, policies on sick days and personal days, work place environment, and so on. Anything that can affect an employee while they are working can be considered a factor for lower—or higher—job satisfaction.
The next step after identifying the problem or problems is for an employer to address and hopefully solve the issue or issues. It may be hard for employers to solve every issue which could lead to lower job satisfaction, but employers should strive to solve as many problems as they possibly can. It is also important for employers to recognize that sometimes small sacrifices on their part—such as an increase in pay which leads to slightly lower profits or spending money to increase the comfort of a work environment—will pay off in the long run because of increased employee satisfaction.