Businesses urged to rethink staff management as job satisfaction falls

Employers are being advised to re-evaluate their approach to staff management after a new survey found that one in four workers are unhappy in their current role.

According to a report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), job satisfaction is now at its lowest level for two years, with around a quarter of those surveyed actively looking for a new job.

Many cited being dissatisfied with the lack of opportunities for career development in their current organisation.

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Of the 2,000 people questioned, some 31% claimed that they suffered from exhaustion at the end of the working day.

The survey found that job satisfaction was lowest amongst those working in large, private businesses.

Following its findings, the CIPD has urged firms to consider new strategies to help keep employees motivated.

‘Today’s research shows that our approaches to job design and career management have not kept pace with the rapidly changing world of work or with employee expectations,’ commented the CIPD’s Claire McCartney.

‘Despite wider global economic uncertainty, employers need to think of new ways to keep their employees engaged and committed.’

She added: ‘They need to think about career growth in a more holistic way, rather than traditional, hierarchical progression, and instead give employees opportunities for a breadth of diverse experiences and opportunities that maximise their skills and their employability going forward’.

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