Are your employees satisfied?

That’s the question that many employers should be asking following Officevibe’s updated report on the “state of employee engagement”.

The report works in real time to allow more than 50,000 employees from all around the world to regularly register their views on a selection of different aspects associated with their job. This includes recognition from employers, satisfaction in their job and the state of their relationship with colleagues.

Data has been collected for this report since 2013 and has racked up almost 1.2 million data points in the last four years.

“It’s arguably the richest data set for anyone looking to understand how employees across the world are truly feeling,” says Dan Benoni, the CEO of Officevibe.

Unfortunately, the report doesn’t present the most encouraging findings for any of the metrics covered by it, with many employees displaying signs of dissatisfaction in their job.

63% of respondents felt that employers neglected to give them enough praise, while 32% claimed it can take up to three months just to receive feedback from them. In terms of their general happiness and wellness, 23% find they frequently leave work feeling exhausted with 60% concerned that their job was having a significant impact on their personal life due to stress.

In terms of the company itself, 56% don’t believe they have any chance of advancing their career in their current job, although 57% wouldn’t actually recommend their company as a worthwhile place to work. 15% of them don’t see themselves working there within a year’s time, with 33% failing to identify with their company’s core values.

When it comes to relationships in the office, 31% wish they had better communication with their employers while 34% feel the same about their colleagues.

Although these findings are hugely concerning, they’re slightly better than they were at the end of 2016, and there are many ways in which employers can deal with these issues.

Changing an employee’s view of the company and their feeling of satisfaction at work can be achieved by improving some of the other metrics, such as recognition. By being more attentive of staff accomplishments and offering praise, employees are more likely to stay loyal to the company and enjoy what they’re doing because they know that a good job will be acknowledged. This will also improve relationships between employers and staff by opening up a regular line of communication.

This works twice as effective when employers also improve their ability to provide feedback. By scheduling regular sessions to highlight individual strengths and weaknesses, employees will better understand how to improve and start producing work of a much higher quality. These meetings can make it easier to talk with employees who are failing where others are succeeding, because it means they don’t have to be called out in front of their colleagues.

Incentives at work are always a great way to improve people’s happiness, as well as creating an office that feels nice to work in. Having accessible outdoor spaces can do a lot for individual wellbeing while having onsite facilities like a gym can make employees feel like there’s an added benefit to being with the company. For some people, having flexible working hours can improve their mood immensely and help them to be more productive when they’re at work because they’re no longer stressing about making time for other commitments like childcare.

When it comes to improving colleague relationships, a large part of that is down to employees. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t help things progress by introducing team building activities and other things that prompt them to interact with one another. Socialisation between colleagues is important to both staff and the company, so there should always be a positive rapport among employees. If you ever notice problems developing between colleagues, it is vital to prevent it from getting out of hand.

It will take a long time to see significant changes in these statistics, but thanks to the ongoing nature of report, it will be possible to identify when things start to improve. By making small, gradual adjustments within the office, you’ll start to notice a positive change that will keep you and your employees happy.

James Darvill

James is a passionate scriptwriter and reluctant poet with a talent for the dystopian. When he’s not staying up late watching the Simpsons he’s beating the world at Mario Kart, always with a glass of wine in hand.
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