Job satisfaction as a trigger mechanism to increase your employee's productivity
Do you find satisfaction in job you are doing? If you are satisfied with your job, you should be thankful. Today increasing numbers of workers throughout the world find their job dissatisfying. Today “job satisfaction” is a problem that is being discussed more and more in industry.
The importance of job satisfaction
So, if you don’t find satisfaction in your job, you are not alone. According to the United States Labor Department, this matter of job dissatisfaction is one of the most important issues of the present day. Why this matter is considered important? Lack of job satisfaction affects production. It affects the quality as well as the quantity of production, which in turn affects the profits of the firm concerned. Job dissatisfaction can cause apathy and indifference. One of the most serious problems caused by this attitude is the high rate of absenteeism. By absenteeism is meant the failure of employees to show up for work, regardless of the reason, which may be illness (false or real), bad weather, arguments with the boss, or just a desire to go somewhere else except to the office.
Today in many industries the rate of absenteeism is about 5 per cent, which means that on a work day five out of a hundred employees fail to show up. At the beginning and end of the work week (on Saturdays and Mondays), the percentage of absenteeism in many factories is as high as 15 to 20 percent.
Absenteeism is most common among young workers, from eighteen to twenty-five years of age. The rate of absenteeism among women, workers is higher than among men. Among manual (blue-collar) workers it is higher than among office employees (white-collar workers).
The reason of job dissatisfaction
What is the reason for job dissatisfaction? Is it due to insufficient wages? Not always so. Here are the opinions of some experts about it: Often the mistakes lie in the wrong attitude of the management towards the employees. When the employees feel that there is lack of opportunity in the firm for advancement, they suffer from disappointment and boredom in their work. Young men especially take the attitude that they are not just machines, but human beings who have feelings, desires and ambitions. Many job designers tend to forget the human element of the work.
The “understanding gap” between the management and the workers is a very important factor that results in job dissatisfaction. A number of industrial psychologists who have made a study of this situation say that top managers are frequently more concerned about the machines than about the men and women who operate them. They say that the exchange or rotation of jobs can often be helpful in reducing boredom.
However, not all the reasons for job dissatisfaction rest with the management. The “understanding gap” can also be caused by lack of interest among the workers themselves. A manager, however wise he is, can’t do much with a worker who is basically indifferent to or uninteresting in whatever he does.
How do you find the satisfaction?
What can you do to find satisfaction in your work? First of all, realize that when you accept a job, you have responsibilities to fulfill. It is not honest to do otherwise then take pride in doing well the job you are being paid to do. Whatever you do plays a very important role in the whole process of producing the finished product of your company.
Anyone can try to develop and improve his view on life. An industrial psychologist says that “the degree of boredom depends on the philosophy of life of the employees concerned.” Even if you have a job that requires very little responsibilities, you need not suffer from terrible boredom. Look on your job as a means to an end, which is really what it is.