Hate your job? You're not alone.
Job satisfaction in the U.S. is at it's lowest level in two decades according to a long-term survey conducted by "The Conference Board." Frankly, I'm not surprised. Before reading any further, bear in mind that the name of this blog is "I Don't Work and You Can Too!"
Today's press release indicates, "The drop in job satisfaction between 1987 and 2009 covers all
categories in the survey, from interest in work (down 18.9 percentage
points) to job security (down 17.5 percentage points) and crosses all
four of the key drivers of employee engagement: job design,
organizational health, managerial quality, and extrinsic rewards."
So let's put these four key drivers into layman's terms:
- Job design = what do you do? Are you engaged in what you do?
- Organizational health = is there a plan? Is it worthwhile? Can it actually be done?
- Managerial quality = can your boss find his ass with both hands? Is she mean or nice? Are they effective?
- Extrinsic rewards = if you put in your best effort for the company, does the company do the same for you?
Job satisfaction isn't rocket science but it DOES require a partnership. The bridge between job satisfaction and company objectives is one that requires two way communication. The idea of "working for a company to achieve the companies objectives ONLY" is a dated and unrealistic strategy. There again, the idea of employees "putting in the old 9-5 and just being happy to have a job" is equally as unrealistic. I am convinced that higher job satisfaction can be achieved through strength partnerships but first workplaces and employees must pull their heads out of the sand and commit to strengths.
Imagine it: A strengths partnership perhaps called "The Strengths Dept."? Companies that work equally as hard for their employees job satisfaction as the employees work hard for the companies success... Sounds like win-win to me.