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What Drives Workplace Happiness?

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 06-06-2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    What Drives Workplace Happiness?

    The current state of the workplace is overall positive, but organizations could do a better job of providing employee recognition.
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    Mixed Reviews
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    Mixed Reviews

    68% of survey respondents are satisfied with their job, but just 50% are satisfied with the growth and development opportunities offered by their employers.
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    Highly Inspired
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    Highly Inspired

    68% said they are motivated to do their "very" best for their company.
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    Staying Put

    Just 28% said they intend to seek employment elsewhere within the next year.
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    Proper Blend

    59% are satisfied with their company's state of work-life balance, and only 23% said their work demands interfere with their ability to fulfill family responsibilities.
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    Pleasant State

    Only 33% said they typically feel tense or "stressed out" during the workday, and 60% said they have the resources needed to manage job-related stress.
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    Top Sources of Work Stress

    Low salaries: 50%, Lack of opportunity for growth/advancement: 43%, Heavy workloads: 41%, Unrealistic job expectations: 40%, Long hours: 40%
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    Good Groove

    78% of survey respondents said they have a positive relationship with their co-workers, and 72% said the same about their supervisors.
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    Fresh Ideas

    58% said their company offers employees opportunity to apply new knowledge and skills.
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    Underappreciated

    Only 50% are satisfied with how their company recognizes employees' work, and just 47% said this recognition is based upon a fair and useful performance evaluation system.
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    Passively Involved

    Only one-half said their employer provides sufficient opportunities to get involved with decision-making, problem-solving and goal-setting at work.
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    One-Way Discussion

    Just 48% said their company regularly collects feedback from staffers.
 

The vast majority of professionals are content at work—and relatively few plan to seek opportunities with a new employer over the next year, according to a recent survey from the American Psychological Association. The resulting "2016 Work and Well-Being Survey" report conveys an overall encouraging assessment of the current state of the workplace. Most employees said they are motivated to do their "very" best for their companies, for example. They generally feel they maintain good work-life balance, as few said that job duties are interfering with family responsibilities. And—all things considered—employees aren't feeling overwhelmed by stress. That said, the findings call attention to a number of improvement areas that CIOs and other managers and execs should carefully consider: Organizations could do better in providing employee recognition. They'd also further engage teams if they allowed them to get more involved in decision-making, problem-solving and goal-setting, while providing regular feedback about work performance. More than 1,500 U.S. workers took part in the research.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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