How Satisfied are YOUR Employees?

How Satisfied are YOUR Employees?

The CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel Development) recently published one of it’s regular Employee Outlook surveys.

These provide employees’ views on working life.

Overall job satisfaction and work life balance is improving and whilst that sounds great, if you dig a little bit deeper, some less encouraging statistics are revealed.

GAP BETWEEN THOSE WHO ARE SATISFIED WITH THEIR JOBS AND THOSE WHO AREN’T (proportion who are satisfied minus those who are dissatisfied)
Large Businesses Micro Businesses (max 10 employees)
Spring 2014 Autumn 2015 Spring 2014 Autumn 2015
+36 +39 +64 +76

 

% OF EMPLOYEES WHO FEEL ENGAGED

Large Businesses

Micro Businesses

34%

60%

So those working in Micro Businesses feel more engaged and satisfied with their jobs.

And whilst job satisfaction is improving in both large and small businesses, there has been a much bigger improvement in smaller businesses since Spring 2014.

When assessing engagement, factors taken in to account include:-

  • Having confidence in senior managers
  • Work life balance
  • Satisfaction with line managers
  • Being prepared to go the extra mile
  • Satisfaction with role
  • Understanding and being motivated by the organisation’s purpose
  • Positive relationships with colleagues

 

Being fairly well or fully informed

53%

Likely or very likely to recommend organisations to others

51%

 

FEELING UNDER EXCESSIVE PRESSURE AT WORK

Every day

12%

Once or twice a week

26%

Once or twice a month

27%

 

EMPLOYEES VIEWS ON HOW EFFECTIVELY THEIR LINE MANAGERS COMMUNICATE GOALS, OBJECTIVES AND EXPECTATIONS?

Very or fairly effectively

54%

Neither

19%
Fairly or very ineffectively

25%

Don’t know

2%

 

Just under half of employees feel they are not kept informed about what is happening and are not likely to recommend their organisation to others.

And almost 40% of people feel under excessive pressure at work at least once per week.

So what does all of this tell us?

Despite the investments that organisations continue to make on training and getting people engaged, around half of employees still don’t understand what is expected of them and don’t feel well informed.

I think it also tells us that our old friend communication seems to be at the root of many issues.

And that the easiest way to get job satisfaction is to work in an organisation employing less than 10 people!

It strikes me that communication is so much easier in smaller businesses and I suspect this is the reason people who work in them are more satisfied.

Does your experience back this up? We’d love to hear from you.

Until next time

 

Author Bio

Allison Galbraith

Allison’s background is leading teams within large Financial Services organisations. She now specialises in finding more profit for companies by improving the efficiencies of their people, processes and communication. Her mission is to help business leaders and their teams work consistently at the top of their game. Never afraid to challenge the status quo, Allison’s greatest motivation is seeing organisations make change and get the success they deserve.


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