There are three interesting trends in the world of work according to Randstand’s 2008 World of Work research.

1. Job security is currently more important than job happiness.

A Gallup poll reports that 71% of Americans say now is a bad time to find a quality job. People are afraid of the downward economy and are seemingly more content to stay put with their current job,though they may not be happy.

The 15 top factors of job happiness according to employees in order are:

  • Feeling valued
  • Recognition and appreciation
  • Supportive work environment
  • Leadership I can relate to
  • Being a part of a team
  • Capable workforce
  • Lack of job stress
  • Shared vision, values, and pride
  • Opportunities for personal growth
  • Empowerment
  • Collective commitment to objectives
  • Sharp individual accountabilities
  • Fitting into the culture
  • Platforms for collaboration
  • Rigorous performance management

In 2008, every one of these job happiness factors were scored less important to employees. In other words, economic well being was focused on more than emotional/job happiness well being. Unfortunately, people are staying in jobs they hate, just to have a job. This is a reality that gives control to employers to take advantage of employees. This trend is a trap for employees and employers because if workers are not truly happy emotionally then personal problems increase, more health benefits are utilized, and burnout increases. This makes an unhealthy workplace for employer, employee, and customer.

2. Dealing with stress in the workplace is on the rise.

The anxiety of change is a constant stressor in the workplace according to employees. The fear of being laid off and benefits being cut are pesky mosquitos that buzz in the minds of workers. Employers have the challenge to provide stress management programs and managers are in dire need of stress relief themselves. Stress is likely a major reason that work productivity is down over the last year.

Employees and employers are encouraged to utilize lunchtimes and learn from seminars, employee assistance programs, leadership academies, electronic newsletters, and life coaching. If your workplace needs these services email [email protected] for an initial consultation.

3. Hiring, motivating, and retaining employees

A new number one challenge and trend for business owners, Human Resource Departments, and CEO’s is hiring the right people with the right skills for the right job. This process is well discussed in the book, Now Discover Your Strengths, authored by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D.

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