A recent report by the Conference Board stated that overall employee job satisfaction dipped to 45% in 2009. The report goes on to say that only half of all employees feel that their jobs are interesting. Does this describe your organization?
The good news is that applied organizational research has shown that there are specific steps managers can take to increase employee job satisfaction dramatically.
These steps include:
- Conduct an employee satisfaction survey and use the survey results to drive changes.
- Address concerns over job security. Let employees know what you are doing to help the business succeed.
- Make sure that each employee has a training and development plan that is updated on an annual basis.
- Use employee empowerment and involvement to solicit employee ideas and to engage employees.
- Provide ongoing feedback and recognition.
- Hold quarterly all-hands meetings to keep employees informed.
Organizations that consistently follow these steps find overall employee satisfaction rates of 70% and higher.