Enthusiasm At Work

Only 14 percent of workforces have employees who are enthusiastic about their jobs, according to a recent survey, which found that employee attitudes toward their jobs and work environments are largely a result of tenure on the job rather than generational or age differences.

Both younger employees, ages 25 to 34, and older employees, 55 and older, show sharp declines in their satisfaction from their first year of employment.

The study of over 64,000 workers focused specifically on equity – or being treated fairly with respect to the basic conditions of employment, cited as being a significant element of job satisfaction.

Company culture – or how management treats employees, and management’s attitudes and behaviors toward workers – determines how much of a downturn in enthusiasm there will be.

Older employees start new jobs with the same hopefulness as younger workers. They have the same fundamental needs as younger employees, and their level of enthusiasm depends on how well their needs are met as they move through the various stages of their employment life cycle.

Many factors affect the needs and expectations that workers bring to new jobs, including previous work experience, career stage and life stage. Regardless of age, there is commonality among workers regarding their visions of “quality employment” or “good jobs”. Employees of all ages want opportunities to learn new things on the job, and want to feel respected for their potential as well as their contributions.

Only 14 percent of organizations have enthusiastic work forces, of which more than 75 percent of employees are satisfied overall and less than 10 percent are dissatisfied.

Unfortunately, it is the management who unwittingly de-motivate employees and diminish their enthusiasm. Many companies treat employees as disposable as paper clips – when the going gets tough, workers become expendible. In addition, employees generally feel that they receive inadequate recognition and reward for their contributions.

Despite the inevitable stresses and strains, employees can remain committed to their relationship with the organization if they feel that they are trusted, respected, challenged to grow and supported so that they can be successful at work.

One of the priorities of today’s workforce is having access to the types of flexibility that help them manage their work responsibilities as well as their personal / family responsibilities. Flexibility affords employees some choice and control, which is consistent with a culture of respect.

Whilst unable to offer services to increase employer : employee relations, Tensor Time Systems Inc manufacture and supply clocking systems, which are fully customizable to accomodate specific flexi-time arrangements within your workforce.

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