Variety key to job satisfaction: study

FPJ BureauUpdated: Sunday, June 02, 2019, 08:59 AM IST
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London People who are given greater variety and independence in their jobs feel both less stressed and more satisfied, according to findings which suggest that several management practises designed to make employees more efficient also mak

e them happier, reports PTI. Employees are also more likely to be happy when management readily shares information and consults with them, according to a release from the University of Leicester. Stephen Wood, Professor of Management who led the research, said: ” The way jobs are designed has a huge impact on employeesalt39 sense of happiness at work. But this is in danger of being neglected, at a time when people are worrying about unemployment, job security and the fairness of large salaries.” The research measures two separate forms of well- being: anxiety and job satisfaction.

It tests to see whether either is different in workplaces where executives practise what management gurus call ” high performance work systems”: boosting performance by giving people greater involvement in their own companies.

This includes granting employees more variety and autonomy – what Wood calls ” enriched jobs”. It also includes ” informative management”: telling people more about changes in their company, including staffing and its overall financial performance.

Another example is greater consultation between bosses and employees where both sides can put forward their views: ” consultative management”. Prof Wood says: ” The current governmentalt39s desire to measure our well- being seems largely to have provoked public debates about whether money can make us happy. This research shows there are ways of treating people at work that can make them happier, which have little to do with money.” The study is reported in a paper written by Professor Wood and Lilian de Menezes, Professor at Cass Business School in London.

The paper suggests that in particular, ” Enriched jobs appear to be key to well- being at work.” The report adds: ” An enriched job may also increase opportunities for skill use and development, job variety, and the sense of being valued or playing a significant role in the organisation or society, thus adding to the potential impact on well- being.” Taking the findings into the practical realm, the authors recommend: ” Our study implies that priority should be given to initiatives that enrich jobs, enhance consultation and improve information sharing and consultation.”

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