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Motivation: More Engagement than Satisfaction

By SiliconIndia   |   Tuesday, February 7, 2012
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83 percent of employees are satisfied with their current jobs but only 68 per cent felt passion and excitement about their work, and only 52 per cent felt completely plugged in at work according to a survey done by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
The survey results offers valuable insights which would help organizations in identify the gaps in their employment proposition. The results show that, employees are fairly satisfied with key attributes of their jobs i.e Relationships with co-workers (76 per cent), The work itself (76 per cent), Opportunities to use skills and abilities (74 per cent), and Relationship with immediate supervisor (73 per cent).
Due to other aspects of the work experience there is a considerable fall in the career advancement and development opportunities, job specific training and management recognition of employee's job performance. Although the job satisfaction levels have declined slightly since 2009, the percentage of satisfied employees hasn't changed significantly in the last 10 years. "In general, people find ways to be satisfied at work".It would be a challenge for employers in the areas of discontent as the economy improves.
The employees who show dissatisfaction with the real or perceived lack of advancement opportunities will see a tough challenge of war for talent as we are coming out of the recession. Most of the employees are comfortable to content with their jobs and immediate work environment but they don't feel especially connected to their organizations and corporate objectives and to achieve high levels of organizational performance, the employees need to be proactive, think and act like owners, consistently deliver their very best.

The organizations need to deliver more steady pay cheque to inspire such commitment from their employees. Open communication, visible leadership and effective rewards and recognition, clear objectives are the requirement for high levels of engagement. So if the employees have the opportunities to grow and develop they will be willing to support the company growth.
The human resource and total rewards strategies that focus on engaging hearts and minds will ultimately deliver value for the job satisfaction and the employee engagement which is needed to win. But the main focus of motivation should always concentrate more on engagement and excitement than satisfaction.

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