In an ideal world, people would get out of bed in the morning with a spring in their step, knowing that they have a bright and sunny day ahead of them, doing what they want to do. Unfortunately, that’s not the reality. For most people, jobs are something that they have to do to get money. They’re not always living their best life possible.
That’s why employers have to be so careful when managing their employees. It’s not enough to line people up, tell them what to do, and then leave them to get on with it. People need to feel as if they individually make a difference. If they don’t, it’s a recipe for dissatisfaction and disengagement.
Right now, we’re living through something of a job malaise epidemic. Data suggest that only around 29 percent of millennials are actively engaged in the work that they do, with baby boomers and generation X not far in front.
People are miserable for a wide variety of reasons, including things like finding work boring and worrying about job security. Around three quarters don’t like the fact that management doesn’t seem particularly interested in what they’re doing.
The costs to businesses are high. When people don’t like their work, they’re less likely to put in the effort and more likely to take time off.
If you’re interested in job satisfaction, take a look at the following infographic. It shows not only the data on why people don’t like their work but what employers can do to turn the problem around.
Infographic by University of Southern California