More than 40% of employees report that they’re “very satisfied” with their jobs, and—in the wake of the economic downturn—nearly 60% rate job security as the top aspect of job satisfaction.
Eight out of 10 employees report overall job satisfaction, according to the Society for Human Resource ’s (SHRM) 2008 Job Satisfaction Survey, released Sunday at the association’s Annual Conference in Chicago.
The percentage of very satisfied employees rose from 38% in 2007 to 41% this year. Women reported higher job satisfaction than men, as did older workers, compared to those under age 35.
The survey data showed these attributes were the most important components of job satisfaction for today’s employees:
- Job security
- Good benefits
- Fair compensation
- Feeling safe in the workplace
- Clear communication between employees and management
For the first time since SHRM started tracking job satisfaction drivers, work/life balance fell out of the top five.