Aussie Workers Happier Than Ever

November 26, 2012, 9:32 am Kochie's Business Builders Yahoo!7

New research shows employees are happier now than they've ever been...

Aussie Workers Happier Than Ever

Australian workers have hit new highs of happiness with new research showing greater job satisfaction than at any other point this century.

A sprightly 53% of employees are satisfied in their job at the moment, up from 37% in 2011 according to research out today from Leadership Management Australasia.

And the top brass and below are leading the charge, with job satisfaction rates of senior managers and supervisors up a whopping 178% on the back of better workplace conditions.

Not only are they satisfied, but passionate about what they do too. It turns out 60% of supervisors and 78% of senior managers are “engaged and passionate” about their work. That’s up from 37% and 28% last year, respectively.

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The job satisfaction and engagement figures are the highest since the 4500 person strong survey began in 2000.

It seems it’s just a great time to be employed.

Leadership Management Australasia Chief Andrew Henderson says organisations re-implementing benefits like overtime and working from home had a big hand to play in increasing happiness.

Of course bringing benefits back can only be done if an organisation is handling their own finances, Henderson pointed out.

“If indeed the organisation is returning back to stability and steady incomes and cash reserves, and they are starting to re-focus on growth and prosperity, the ability to feel the added responsibility and stress is alleviated.”

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But there was a word of warning from the man in charge of the study, saying happiness could keep increasing but companies need to keep rewards in line with performance.

"This is the double-edged sword, we have a workforce that's engaged and happy but at the same time organisations need to be very wary about the data coming out about employers of choice," Henderson says.

"They have an engaged workforce who are willing to go the extra mile and increase productivity and employers of choice will recognise and reward staff in recognition of performance."

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