The Difference Between ‘Just a Job’ and a ‘Great Job:’ The Value of Happy Employees
Everyone has experienced working at jobs that they simply endured and jobs that they loved. What is the difference between “just a job” and a “great job?” Why does this difference matter to employers? The more employees love their work, the happier they are and the more valuable they become to the organization, which itself becomes more valuable as a result.
Why Happy Employees Increase the Value of Your Company
Study after study has shown that there is a correlation between profitability and happy employees. Employee happiness is reflected in the company’s bottom line in several different ways:
- Happy employees are more productive
- Happy employees are healthier and have less absenteeism
- Happy employees don’t leave for the competition
- Happy employees are more innovative
- Happy employees tend to make other people around them happier and more productive
Link Between Job Satisfaction and Happiness
Because happy employees make such valuable contributions to companies, companies have spent a lot of time trying to understand employee happiness.
Some of the factors that improve employee happiness include:
- Being recognized for their good work
- Feeling like an important part of a team
- Feeling like individual work matters and makes a difference
- Having a clear path to advancement
- Having flexible working hours
- Feeling like their ideas are taken seriously
Everything that makes employees happy has to do with their level of job satisfaction. People who feel like a cog in a machine—that could easily be replaced once they are worn out—are going to be less happy than someone who believes they have a unique contribution to make.
Employees who don’t have great job satisfaction are less likely to give their best effort at work. They are less likely to think about ways to make the job or the company better. If you want happy employees who increase in value and increase the value of your company, you need to help them transform their “just jobs” into “great jobs.”
How to Transform ‘Just a Job’ Into a ‘Great Job’
Making the transformation from “just a job” to a “great job” is not easy. However, it is simple. Job satisfaction is rooted in three relationships:
- The relationship between the company and the employee
- The relationship between the employee and the co-workers
- The relationship between the employee and the greater community
When an employee feels that the organization cares about him or her, job satisfaction improves. Organizations can improve this relationship through things like mentorships, fringe benefits that are meaningful to the employee, and regular career development opportunities.
Humans are social beings that need to feel like they belong to a larger group. Organizing employees into teams, emphasizing teamwork, and having a positive work culture will strengthen relationships between co-workers.
Employees with great jobs are working for more than just a salary. They are working to make a difference in the world and the local community. The more connection there is between the day-to-day work and the wider community, the happier employees will be. Volunteer programs and clear messaging about the organization’s vision can help forge these community bonds.
For more information on how Oasis can assist your company in this or any area of Human Resources, contact Oasis Outsourcing at 866-AT-OASIS (866-286-2747) or visit us online at www.oasisadvantage.com.