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How to Increase Job Satisfaction

Statistics show that 45 percent of American workers are not satisfied at the workplace. Unfortunately, hard economic times discourage them from quitting, leaving employers with dissatisfied and subsequently unproductive employees. As an employer or manager at your organisation, you can improve job satisfaction for you and others in the workplace by motivating them to appreciate and rededicate themselves to their work.

Organisational Values

Organisations values apply in good and bad times. Unfortunately, most organisations abandon them and blame the economic environment or other external factors. This reflects poorly on employees and de-motivates them as they start to disregard the values. They may lose integrity, speak poorly about the organisation or engage in activities that may compromise the organisation. Upholding your core values at all times gives confidence in the organisation and you can always refer to them when engaging with employees.


Keep all communication lines open. Provide opportunities for employees to air their views and complaints, and create a system to update them on the progress you make in addressing the issues they raise. Additionally, create a platform where employees can air their issues without fear of intimidation. If there is a complaint, act on it immediately or let the employee understand that it may take a while to resolve. This makes the working environment open and free allowing each individual to express himself fully.

Development Opportunities

Develop and create personal and development opportunities for your employees. For example, organize programs to help foster specific skills among your team. Development programs add value to employees and deepen their appreciation for the organization. Subsequently, your organisation benefits from the new skills and improved morale of workers. Development opportunities also offer a cost effective alternative to motivate your employees.

Set Goals

Break down your organizational vision into short-term goals. Short-term goals challenge employees and give them cause to celebrate if they achieve or exceed them. As they conquer the goals, they gradually work towards accomplishing the bigger vision. Each goal accomplished boosts their morale and self-confidence. It improves their overall satisfaction with the time and effort they put into their work.

Change Attitude

Challenge your employees to change their attitude towards work and the organization. You can organize an off-work activity, for example, a sports day or family fun day, to help your team socialize away from work. Additionally, arrange motivational talks from the management team to highlight the organization’s achievements and plans. These highlights portray the organisation positively motivating employees and influencing their opinion on the organisation.

Change the Work Environment

The work environment contributes greatly to an individual’s satisfaction with her job. Changing the work environment, for example, by bringing in comfortable office chairs, repainting the walls or changing operational structures within the organisation influences employees positively.

Finding job satisfaction is an individual process, and your role as an employer is it to facilitate the process. If an individual is continually dissatisfied, you may have to challenge them to review their career path and move either within the organisation or externally.


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