The quality of our life is often dictated by the work-life balance. While we play a major role in striking this balance, when it comes to our jobs, it is the work culture, the colleagues and a lot of other factors that have a direct impact on our happiness.

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life” ~Confucius

Let us consider the various factors that influence employees job satisfaction:

Appreciation
People leave managers, not companies. An employee can be doing great work, earning a lot of money but will he be happy if he is not appreciated now and then?

“Don’t bite the hand that feeds you, they said. But, what if they are chewing mine off?”
― Shareca Cole., Carpel Tunnel.

Appreciation is the key to employee satisfaction. If a company fails to understand this, it tends to lose valuable employees.

Fair payment
Again, an employee could be doing great work, may have the best manager in the world but if he is not paid according to his qualifications and his output, he/she will be unhappy. Fair payment is an absolute necessity when it comes to job satisfaction. An employee will find it hard to give his best if he is not paid well and it is something completely justified.

Timely and accurate payroll
The happiness of an employee is largely dependent on receiving timely payroll. In case a company fails in delivering the payroll services at the right time, or there are mistakes in the payroll, there are good chances that the employees will be dissatisfied. Also, unexplained deductions in the salary are a major cause of dissatisfaction and frustration. Hence many companies are now using the services of payroll outsourcing companies who have the expertise and experience to handle the job.

Working conditions
A man is known by the company he keeps, and a company is known by the working conditions it provides. The employee will be happy to put in best efforts so long as the working conditions are good. This includes a number of things. For example, the ergonomic aspects must be looked after; cleanliness should be maintained, etc.

Addressing grievances
Every company has an HR department which helps in addressing several work related grievances of the employees. While HR department is supposed to be “human,” it often ends up being inhuman which causes dissatisfaction amongst the employees. A company can only keep its employees if it is committed to addressing and resolving the issues that employees are facing with the company.
Credits
For an employee to be happy with his or her job, monetary benefits alone do not decide it. An employee needs to be given due credit for his/her work. For example, if you are a professional writer, you would want to see your name under your articles. If you prepare a presentation for a conference, you would want the credit for it. Job satisfaction goes way beyond the monetary benefits.

Conclusion
As we said, the overall quality of life depends on the work-life balance. If you are not satisfied with your job, your personal life is bound to get negatively influenced by it. None of us would want that. Keep looking for the job that will give you satisfaction. As far as the companies are concerned, they should take note of the above factors to keep the good employees with them. An employee-employer relationship not only affects the individual but also impacts the reputation of the company and the brand.

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