American Workers Are Happier Than They've Been in a Decade
Are you satisfied at your job? Odds are, according to the latest annual survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management, that you actually are!
The SHRM found that 88% of employees are reportedly "satisfied overall with their job" (37% being very satisfied, and 51% somewhat satisfied). Though "somewhat" is not the most encouraging qualifier to add to the description, it turns out that satisfaction has been trending upward the last few years. This year's findings comprise the highest percentage of employee satisfaction in a decade.
So what do workers value most in the workplace? Is it unlimited vacation? Free morning coffee? Nope. For a majority of employees, it all comes down to respect. About 67% considered "respectful treatment of all employees at all levels" to be the most important feature of their jobs (it took the top spot last year, too).
"Employees consider culture and connection to be of utmost importance... Feeling appreciated for their time and efforts," Evren Esen, director of SHRM’s survey programs, noted in the report. Other valued factors listed were pay, benefits, trust among employees and management, and overall job security.
Another interesting takeaway: Despite stereotypes of disparate expectations and spoiled behavior, millennials report virtually the exact levels of satisfaction as other generations presently comprising the workforce. The data showed that 88% of millennials reported satisfaction, while Generation X and baby boomers reported 88% and 90% respectively. Perhaps we're not so different after all.
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Read more of the SHRM report, and then tell us: Are you surprised by any of these findings?