Job satisfaction, security and improved interaction with people are the chief concerns of workers in the modern workplace.
This is among the findings of a recent survey by Accsys, which sought to gain insight and ascertain worker priorities.
Participants were asked about their personal ambitions when they were young, what they liked and disliked about their current positions/ jobs and what drives them as individuals within the current economic environment.
“From the answers provided, most participants were pursuing vastly different vocations/ careers to what they initially had in mind. We were also interested to see that most respondents felt that financial security and opportunities for promotion are priorities. The opportunity for individual growth and improved relations with colleagues was also highlighted,” says Teryl Schroenn, CEO of Accsys.
Although job security and a clearly defined earning strategy were mentioned by most people, irrespective of age bracket, there was a slight difference in terms of general goals.
“People within the 20 to 30 age group tend to focus on their individual growth and finding direction within a company, establishing themselves within their job. Respondents within the 30 to 40 age category emphasised promotion, opportunity and security as main goals. It was interesting to note that harmonious work environment and effective people management skills were listed as important considerations amongst those people within the 40 to 60 age group,” Schroenn adds.
HR experts at Accsys agreed that, while there were a few noticeable differences between the age groups with respect to answers to questions, job related stress and administration were commonly identified as frustrations. At the same time the ability to impact the lives of people, acknowledgement and recognition were listed as motivators.
“This survey offers up some very interesting information about what people regard as important in the workplace and the extent to which current circumstances are affecting people’s drive and motivation,” Schroenn says.