In recent years, there has been a shift in the way that we think about wellbeing in the workplace. Job satisfaction does not just solely come down to salary and productive output, but rather workplace ‘culture’ and feeling valued. So how can employers improve job quality? Enduring the past two years of lockdowns and shifting our working habits, the narrative around mental health, job quality and the way we work has been put on the forefront of conversation.
In this article, we will look at how to identify the telling signs of job dissatisfaction, as well as how to resolve and improve upon a healthy working environment.
Constructive criticism is key in helping drive a business forward and to ensure a high quality output. However, authentically acknowledging an employee’s hard work is important to long term success. Providing positive feedback will help them feel valued in their role and reinforce good performance behaviours.
Providing a sense of purpose and meaning to an employee’s role can ensure they stay engaged and connected. Establishing a clear career path offers significant options when it comes to personal ambition, which can feel very empowering to the employee.
Offering fair pay and opportunities for growth and promotions gives realistic goals and freedom to move within the company.
Expanding training opportunities not only increases productivity but contributes to employee development and personal growth. To remain stagnant in a career can sometimes result in discontent.
Good working relationships, whether it’s working from home or on-site is key to building trust, as well as fuelling collaboration. If people dread attending work, because they don’t feel connected to their colleagues, or they do not cooperate well, this often leads to distress.
Keeping employers engaged, with healthy boundaries, good working relationships contribute to higher productivity which benefits everybody.
Mental health disorders such as stress and anxiety account for 40% of sickness absence – particularly during and after lockdowns.
Showing a genuine level of care for your team’s wellbeing is one of the most effective ways to increase job satisfaction. The best way to emphasise this is to encourage them to check-in with each other or reaffirm the fact they can speak to HR with any concerns they may have.
It is also very important to make sure they have proper lunchbreaks, truly switched off from any tasks for at least half an hour. Studies show that taking breaks increases productivity and mental well-being. This short time away gives employees the chance to stretch tired muscles and find relief from any sustained positions. It is also key in helping them come back to or start a new task with fresh perspectives, as well as avoiding burnout.
By building a better work culture and taking mental health seriously, everyone wins when a workforce is happy, and morale is high. As a result, productivity is high and sick leave is kept to a minimum.
The signs may be hard to spot. But in most cases, low job satisfaction can often be reflected in productivity, punctuality and mood. Understanding and addressing any issues is the first step to boosting morale. Heavy workloads, team conflicts and poor management can contribute to a lack of motivation, so it is important to be mindful of this.
Healthy and clear communication is extremely valuable when working as a team. Clear role descriptions let everyone know where they stand within the company structure. Lead by example by creating a culture that enables open and honest discussion.
This means communicating thoughts and feelings, which invites others feel comfortable doing the same.
As an employer, it is your responsibility to recognise signs of job dissatisfaction and address the cause. If your employers are unhappy with their experience, seek ways to make them feel valued. Encourage your staff to speak out – the happier your team, the more productive they will be.