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Happy Workers

Magazine article HRMagazine

Happy Workers

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Happy, engaged employees are every HR pro- fessional's dream, but when it comes to what makes people feel content at work, it appears to be different strokes for different folks. The factors driving job satisfaction differ based on an employee's gender and age, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) latest Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement survey report, which is scheduled for release in early 2014.

Overall, the survey found that 81 percent of employees reported being satisfied with their jobs in 2013-the same percentage as in 2012. Respondents rated compensation/pay as the top factor that led to their job satisfaction.

The last time employees ranked pay as the top driver was in 2007. In subsequent survey data from 2008 through 2011, job security had been first on employees' list. The change in priorities is no surprise given the turmoil of the recession and its aftermath, when many people lost their jobs or witnessed family members, friends or colleagues lose theirs. After years of stagnant wage growth, employees appear to be refo- cusing on their pay.

However, when the survey results were broken down by gender, pay was the primary satisfaction driver for women only. Sixty-five percent said it was very important to their job satisfaction, compared with 56 percent of men. In fact, men ranked pay their third most important factor overall.

For men, the top driver was the opportunity to use their skills and abilities, with 59 percent ranking that highly. …

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