If the office is your least favorite place to be and you get the idea that you’re not the only one who feels this way, there’s a good chance that job satisfaction is to blame. And that’s bad news for employers. When workers aren’t encouraged about their daily duties, there’s a high risk that they’ll start looking for employment elsewhere, forcing them to find and retrain new workers and lose precious time and money. If employee job satisfaction is an issue in your workplace, finding out the reasons why morale is so low can help you fix the issue and get back to booming business.
Lack of Compensation
When employees don’t feel like they’re getting paid enough for what they do, they’re going to run out of steam fast and start looking for an employer who will show them the money. According to research reported by Forbes.com, feeling underpaid was the top reason why a group of surveyed workers said they were dissatisfied with their jobs in 2011. Forty-seven percent of women and 44 percent of men said they felt underpaid, and younger workers were more likely than older workers to base job satisfaction on pay.
Lack of Growth Opportunities
If your job doesn’t appear to have a future, you’re also more likely to be dissatisfied in your work. Feeling like you’re going nowhere in your job can give you a sensation of being trapped and bring down your morale. According to the American Psychological Association, however, the opportunity to gain new skills and experiences can increase your motivation and job satisfaction and also help you manage job stress.
Lack of Interest
When you aren’t interested in what you’re doing, you’re not going to feel satisfied with your job. In 2010, “USA Today” reported that 51 percent of Americans found their jobs interesting compared to 70 percent in 1987 -- a key component to job-related satisfaction. According to Linda Barrington, managing director of human capital at the Conference Board research group, workers who find their jobs interesting are more likely to be innovative and to take the calculated risks and the initiative that drive productivity and contribute to economic growth.
Lack of Benefits
If you feel left out in the cold by a company that doesn’t offer benefits, you’re likely to be dissatisfied in your job. In 2012 Aflac Inc. and Research Now conducted a workforce survey and found that 34 percent of respondents said benefits packages were “very influential” or “extremely influential” in determining their job satisfaction. Benefits were also a key part in determining whether or not employees were willing to stick around in their companies. When asked what their current employer could do to keep them at their job, an even greater 49 percent said, “Improve my benefits package.”
After graduating from the University of Kansas with a bachelor's degree in sports information, Jill Lee served for 10 years as a magazine editor for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Also a published author, Lee now works as a professional writer and editor focusing on fitness, sports and careers.