When people are looking for jobs, there are a number of different elements they will want to have in the end; a good salary, fair working hours, benefits, and, perhaps most importantly of all – at least in some cases – job satisfaction.
In the past, job satisfaction may not have been considered too important. The reality was that people took whatever jobs they could and had to make do since money is such an important part of society. However, today there are more jobs than ever before and much more opportunities for those seeking employment to find something that ticks all the boxes and not just a few of them. This means that job satisfaction has grown in importance. Why exactly is this? What is it about working in a profession that offers job satisfaction that means people want it so badly? Read on to find out more.
Increased Productivity Levels
One of the most important reasons why job satisfaction is so important not just for employees but for employers too is that when someone is happy in their work, their productivity levels rise. They will want to do more, and they will find the work more fulfilling and perhaps easier, and therefore they will get more done.
For employees, being more productive will make them feel confident in what they’re doing, giving them an even greater sense of job satisfaction, and therefore making them even more productive, and so on – the cycle won’t really end. For managers, this additional excellent productivity means that their business will grow well, gain a good following, and be somewhere that people want to buy from and where the best candidates want to work. So job satisfaction benefits everyone involved.
Any business that wants to thrive in today’s society has to have a positive reputation. There is no room for any business that doesn’t do what it says and can’t fulfill promises – with so much competition and new businesses starting up every day, if a company gains a poor reputation, those negative reviews and ideas could spell its downfall.
Not only will a negative reputation put new customers and clients off the idea of trying the business out and seeing what it’s like, but it might also persuade older customers to look elsewhere too. They won’t want to be associated with a business that runs on bad performances. It will just look as though the business doesn’t care about its customers, and that’s never a good thing.
When your employees have a good level of job satisfaction, they will go above and beyond, taking good care of your customers and ensuring that their jobs are done well. This means that you will gain a good reputation, not a bad one, and just as a negative review will spark issues, a positive one will give you more sales. The more satisfied your workers are, the more satisfied your customers will be.
When employees have great job satisfaction, they will feel valued, and they will be motivated to do more. An RN might take it upon themselves to find out more about nurse practitioners and study so they can enhance their own career and boost their workplace, too, for example. A store clerk might take on some more responsibility around the store because they know they will be praised for it. The list goes on.
What might also come about is more innovation from staff. It’s true that, as we’ve mentioned, job satisfaction leads to people pushing themselves and doing more to ensure they are the best at what they do, and this is often where the best ideas come from. So the RN studying to become a nurse practitioner will look at their workplace in a different light and may well come up with ideas about how to make it better. Again, when someone feels happy in their work, they will want to do more, and they will feel free to have ideas and talk about those ideas, safe in the knowledge that their boss will listen, and even if the ideas are not implemented, they will have been able to have their say.
Positive Work Environment
No one is going to enjoy going to work in a negative environment, and this is something that job satisfaction can solve; when everyone is happy in their work, the workplace itself will be a much more positive one overall.
When there is a high level of job satisfaction, there will be no feelings of insecurity, no worries that one worker is getting preferential treatment, and no concerns about overtime or overwork or anything else that can cause negative feelings in the workplace. Having a more positive place to work brings us back to a greater level of productivity (due to fewer sick days and less time needed away from the office or workplace) which, in the end, is all any employer can really ask for.
Something that may not come immediately to mind when you are thinking about why job satisfaction is so important is security within a business, but the two things are actually linked. This is because a happy employee is going to take care about what they do and how they work; they will understand that the business’s sensitive information is at stake if they make a mistake, and they won’t want to jeopardize anything – they won’t want to cause any problems. This means they will be especially careful not to click on any suspicious links, not to open any strange attachments, to change their email every three months, and to use the cloud wherever possible, among other useful security tactics.
If the employee has little or no job satisfaction, they may not be so careful. They won’t want to put themselves to the bother of checking everything more than once or doing what their boss says because they don’t care and aren’t interested. Apart from not being fun for them, this is bad for the business and could lead it to run into serious problems.