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Top 6 Factors that Cause Employee Job Dissatisfaction

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Job dissatisfaction refers to when an employee is unhappy or holds negative feelings toward their job and the company they work for. 

There are many factors that could cause job dissatisfaction in an employee, including: long hours, underpaid, no work/life balance, and so much more. When an employee is dissatisfied in their work environment or the overall company they work for, managers and CEOs can start to see the effects in company productivity. 

So why should employers care about their employee’s satisfaction? 

The worst consequences of employee dissatisfaction affect both the company and the organization. It can result in lack of motivation, lack of interest, poor productivity, absenteeism, frustration, and if bad enough, high turnover rates, 

There are several specific reasons that an employee may be feeling job dissatisfaction, but we’ve narrowed it down to a few of the bigger main reasons.

1. Underpaid

One of the primary reasons for job dissatisfaction is when an employee feels as though they are being underpaid. One way they could come to this conclusion is by researching what others are being paid doing the same job in the same area. 

Underpaid employees often have to stretch their money further than others, and often have to choose necessities over doing anything nice or fun for themselves. The stress of having to pay bills with limited income can cause employees to feel dissatisfied with their jobs. 

2. Work/Life Balance

When companies fail to recognize the need for their employees to maintain a healthy work-life balance, they are ultimately affecting their productivity levels. Too much emphasis on work frequently results in feelings of loneliness and frustration for employees. 

Acknowledging each employee’s efforts to strike a balance between work and personal life allows CEOs to be part of the solution. Job satisfaction typically increases with improved work-life balance, which increases employee loyalty, creativity, productivity and overall satisfaction. 

3. Little to No Vacation Time/PTO

Employees need time to recharge and come back to work with fresh eyes and a fresh mind. Research has shown that not taking a healthy break from work can lead to a wide range of unwelcome mental and physical effects on the average worker.

When an employee does not have the time to take vacation, they increase the risk of job burnout and decreased efficiency in their work. These employees ultimately become less productive and valuable employees. 

Allowing employees to take time off to recharge and have some fun allows them to return to work refreshed and ready to tackle the day. Giving employees generous amounts of vacation is ultimately a benefit for the company overall. 

4. Bad Management / Unsupportive Boss 

Managers are responsible for motivating employees and controlling the organization. Bad management plays a huge role in employee dissatisfaction. 

When a manager has poor leadership skills, they tend to offer little to no feedback on their employees’ work, which ultimately causes dissatisfaction in the workplace. Employees want to be led in the right direction, they just need a good manager to lead them, along with good leadership. They need a manager who will tell them they are doing a great job. 

5. Company Culture

Employee engagement is a direct outcome of a high-performance company culture. This is because high-performance cultures outline behaviors that are healthy and supportive. In these cultures, employees clearly understand their roles and what is expected of them. These employees are highly motivated, creative and overall happy. 

Employees in high-performance cultures feel connected, heard, supported, and involved. When you take this company culture away from an employee, they can start to feel dissatisfied with their job. Employees start to not feel listened to or involved in their job, and this causes employees to not want to participate. 

6. No Room For Growth

It is easy for an employee to disengage from their work when they feel that the company does not value them or they do not have incentives for job growth. If an employee feels as though they can never grow within the company and work toward a different role than what they are in now, there is no motivation for them to excel at their jobs. 

When an employee feels as though they are working toward something better, they tend to work harder and enjoy their jobs.

How Corporate Chaplains Can Help

Corporate chaplains help make your employees feel heard. We understand that life happens, and we want to be there for your employees as they are going through some of the worst, or even best, times of their lives. 

Corporate chaplains can help increase the company culture in your organization. Having someone there that the employees can talk to 24/7 can increase the overall mood, and ultimately the engagement in your company. 

We want to help find the sore spots of employee dissatisfaction and turn it around so your employees love their jobs and are proud to say they work for your company. There is no cause too big or too small that we feel we cannot help with. 

Are you ready to take the next step? Contact us today to get started with your very own Corporate Chaplain.

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