Health & SafetyA healthy and safe environment. Workplace related illness and injury are a common problem in many industries. Efforts to make a job healthy and safe may include processes, procedures and safety equipment.
RemunerationGainful employment that provides a wage that is competitive given the talent of an individual and the demands of a job. Where working conditions are poor, salary may be increased as compensation. For example, a position that is stressful may be set at a higher pay level than an equivalent position that isn't stressful.
Profit SharingPlans that allow employees to share in the success of a firm such as the granting of stock.
Employee BenefitsNon-wage compensation such as insurance, disability income protection, pension, parental leave, daycare, education support, vacation, sick leave, housing allowances, commuting expenses and wellness programs.
Responsibility & AccountabilityThe responsibilities and accountability of a position. For example, a position that includes burdensome or high-risk responsibilities as compared to a position that has highly achievable objectives.
WorkloadThe intensity and hours of work. For example, 40 hours of work with light content such as long meetings as opposed to 50 hours on a fast moving assembly line that involves physically exhausting work.
Work ScheduleThe working schedule of a job. Employees typically prefer a standard, predictable schedule. Irregular hours that change week to week can decrease employee satisfaction. Short shifts may not be worth the effort of a commute and disruption to schedule. Overly long shifts can be exhausting. Work during non-standard hours can disrupt sleep and social interactions.
Occupational StressStress related to workload, schedule, office politics, workplace conflict and inherently stressful activities such as fielding complaints from dissatisfied customers.Work-life balance is the degree to which an employee feels that their job compliments and supports their quality of life as opposed to reducing it.
Commuting & TravelEmployees commonly find commuting and travel to be stressful. For example, an employee who can walk to work may be more satisfied than an employee who is often stuck in long traffic jams.
AutonomyThe degree of freedom that an employee enjoys in their work. In many cases, knowledge workers are given significant leverage to achieve their objectives according to their own style and methods.
ControlsThe internal controls that an employer implements to ensure employee compliance to rules, regulations and norms. Controls can improve employee satisfaction if they make a workplace more efficient and civil. Alternatively, controls may be viewed as an administrative burden or needless paternalism.
Organizational CultureThe norms, expectations and shared symbols of an organization that evolve over the course of its history. For example, an organization that expects common courtesies such that coercive or rude behavior is not tolerated may improve employee satisfaction.rewarding performance, promoting people and handling low performance.
Employment TermsThe legal terms of an employment contract. For example, non-compete clauses and other terms that restrict an employee's freedom to pursue their profession after they leave a firm.
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The demands, environment and terms of a job that influence the satisfaction of employees.