Job Satisfaction

Job satisfaction is integral to one’s overall well-being, so much so that Gallup’s research suggests that so called “career well-being” may be the most important factor in one’s overall well-being. People with high career well-being are more than twice as likely to have high overall well-being. Research also shows that people who are satisfied with their jobs experience a reduction in health risks, such as anxiety, depression and cholesterol levels.

Employers have an important stake in prioritizing employees’ satisfaction with their jobs, as the happiness of employees can translate into a number of important outcomes, including but not limited to organizational citizenship, lower turnover and absenteeism, fewer accidents and higher customer satisfaction.

There are a number of factors contribute to job satisfaction, like the ability for employees to use their strengths, getting an appropriate amount of feedback from one’s manager and a good work-life balance. For a list of these factors see: Seeing the Bigger Picture: Beyond Wellness to Well-being. Employers can use the research on these factors to implement programs, policies and trainings that improve individuals’ working lives and thereby improve their well-being.

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Employee Emergency Relief Funds National Business Group on Health/Optum Workplace Well-being and the Employee Experience Survey
Based on a survey of 2,210 employees that work for a company of 3,000+ employees, this report explores the connection between an employee’s well-being status and productivity to the five key dimensions of well-being: physical, financial, mental, social and community.

Getting the Company Culture Right: Lessons from the Experts on Designing for Optimal Performance and Well-being Getting the Company Culture Right: Lessons from the Experts on Designing for Optimal Performance and Well-being
Summarizes key recommendations on designing a positive workplace culture from three experts.

Job Satisfaction: The Secret Agent of Well-being Job Satisfaction: The Secret Agent of Well-being
This publication brings together need-to-know information about what drives employee satisfaction and overall well-being, employer spotlights and over 80 promising practices implemented at today’s best places to work.



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Workforce Strategy 2019
Our annual conference is the best source of leading-edge content, high powered networking and up-to-the-minute sharing of new ideas and best practices for large employers focused on well-being, productivity and workforce strategy.

Employee Perks
This survey report looks at the perks that employers offer their employees.

Business Performance Metrics
Provides benchmarks on the metrics employers are using to measure overall business performance within their organizations.

Institute on Innovation in Workforce Well-being
The Institute work focuses on increasing employee engagement in their health and reducing lifestyle-related risk factors and costs.


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