What workers care about
Male employees listed health care/medical benefits as the top aspect most important to their job satisfaction, while female employees (particularly those who work for small businesses and those older than 56) identified feeling safe in the work environment as the most important factor.
In 2006, compensation/pay topped the list for both males and females.
Despite all the complaining I hear, most people are satisfied with their jobs (8 out of 10). Another interesting finding: HR professionals typically place a higher priority than workers do on relational aspects of a job, such as how an employee works with his or her immediate supervisor. That surprises me. I have always found people who like their boss, like their job.
Society of Human Resource Management has conducted the survey since 2002 to reveal satisfaction in the workplace from the perspectives of both employees and HR professionals. To see the full 2007 report, click here.