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Link Between Job Satisfaction and Employee Productivity


Yes. Studies show that there is a positive correlation between job satisfaction and employee productivity. This positive correlation however is more prevalent in employees with supervisory or managerial positions or those who have professions, in other words in white-collar professionals.

Effects of Job Satisfaction on Employee Productivity

Job satisfaction brings about more employee productivity, as studies have repeatedly shown.

But studies also show that the particular effects of overall job satisfaction apart from increased productivity are that employees are able to solve problems better, are more helpful and generous and likewise exhibit more positive attitudes to other co-workers.

Job satisfaction also brings about other positive workplace related attitudes, such as less sabotage and gossiping among co-workers.

How To Ensure Job Satisfaction in Employee

According to psychologist Frederick Herzberg, whose studies who made huge breakthroughs in his study of job satisfaction and employee productivity, job satisfaction is made up of two factors: the motivators and the dissatisfiers.

According to Herzberg, “motivators” create job satisfaction in employees. Among the motivators he singled out were the following: work itself, achievement, recognition, responsibility and advancement.

In order for employees to feel satisfied about their jobs, employers and managers must make them feel the work itself that they are doing is important and that by doing it, they are making a meaningful contribution to their customers or their clients. Achievement refers to setting goals that are within reach for the particular employee, so that he will feel a sense of accomplishment upon achieving such goals.

Recognition refers to recognizing a job well done, and responsibility refers to giving employees the freedom to carry out their work so that they feel that they are in charge of their particular tasks. Advancement meanwhile, refers to promotion.

The “hygiene” factor on the other hand, refers to issues in the workplace which can cause dissatisfaction among the employees. Among the hygiene issues are company and administrative policies, supervision, salary, interpersonal relations and working conditions.



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