Magazine article HRMagazine

Employees Are Happier, to a Degree

Magazine article HRMagazine

Employees Are Happier, to a Degree

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Workers are feeling better about their jobs than they have in years, but that doesn't mean employers can rest on their laurels. With unemployment down and more HR professionals having difficulty recruiting candidates for strategic positions, organizations need to step up their game in order to attract and retain the best talent.

Last year, 86 percent of employees said they were at least fairly satisfied with their current job, an increase of 5 percentage points from 2013 and the biggest jump since 2002-the year the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) began fielding its annual Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement Survey.

Improved economic conditions may be helping employees feel more secure in their jobs-a key to job satisfaction, especially during bad economic times. But today it's not job security that employees value most, according to the results of SHRM's latest job satisfaction survey, which were released in April. Instead, "respectful treatment of all employees at all levels" and "trust between employees and senior management" were most important.

Unfortunately, however, employees aren't very satisfied in those areas, and they're even less satisfied in other areas that have traditionally been important to them. For example, they appear to be the least satisfied with the ability to advance in their career. Only about 1 in 5 employees are very satisfied with their job-specific training (22 percent), their career development options (21 percent) and career advancement opportunities in their organizations (20 percent). …

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