Management Tips: 5 Quick Tips for Improving Employee Job Satisfaction

 

job satisfactionWe all want to help our employee’s improve their job satisfaction, don’t we? Not only is it much more of a pleasure to manage happy employees, but improved job satisfaction most often results in improved job performance. So, here are my 5 quick tips for improving employee job satisfaction (with links to additional resources, should you need them) 

Management Tip 1: Use the Research

There’s a wealth of research on employee satisfaction and engagement – really useful information on what satisfies employees, and what doesn’t. Leading the way, in my view, are Gallup. The research is there, it can give us some great insights into how to improve employee satisfaction – so why not use it?
 
(For an example of how to use this type of research to improve the way you manage your employees see my blog posts ‘Employees don’t actually like being managed, do they?’ and ‘Four ways to delight your employees’
 

Management Tip 2: Accept that job satisfaction is a joint responsibility

For some managers addressing their staff member’s job satisfaction is just one more thing on their never ending ‘to do list’. The mistake these managers make is assuming that they (the manager) will have to do all the work needed to improve the staff member’s satisfaction. No so. Job satisfaction is a joint responsibility. Your staff  have, as intelligent adults, a responsibility for their own satisfaction at work. You can, and do, play a large part in influencing your staff’s job satisfaction but they have to play their part too. The idea is that you and your staff member will agree reasonable, achievable actions – that you are both responsible for                    
 

Management Tip 3: Ask your employee to assess their current level of job satisfaction

Use the question ‘What do you want from your job, me as your manager, the business / organisation?’  in order to help your employee to identify their satisfaction needs and then ask them to identify which of these ‘wants’ can be addressed by them (the employee) and you (the manager). You can then ask the employee to rate their current level of job satisfaction against those ‘wants’ thereby identifying any areas for improvement
 

Management Tip 4:  Discuss how the employee’s job satisfaction can be improved

You can now identify the actions that need to be taken (by both of you!) to improve the employee’s satisfaction
 
(Read more tips on how to have this conversation at ‘Four steps to improving employee job satisfaction’)
     

Management Tip 5: Take a short cut with one ‘golden question’

Research tells us that the relationship your staff have with you, their manager, has a profound effect on their satisfaction at work. So, one of the easiest short cuts to improving employee job satisfaction is to use this ‘golden’ question
 
Is there anything I could do; more of, less of, or differently that would improve your job satisfaction?
 
Often, as the manager, what you need to do to improve your staff’s satisfaction is relatively simple and most staff find that the very fact that their manager is interested in their satisfaction and prepared to spend time discussing this with them is highly motivational in itself. It’s a ‘no lose’ situation
 
(Read more on how to use the ‘golden question’ in my blog ‘Improving employee job satisfaction using just one (golden) question’)  
 

And now: More job satisfaction tips 

Would you like to know more about how to improve employee satisfaction and performance?  Would you also like to read about the 5 classic mistakes that could be getting in the way of ‘effective management’ (and what to do about them!)?

Then claim your copy of my special report ‘Boost your business performance through effective people management’ HERE http://www.boostemployeeperformance.com

 

 

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