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Times have been hard but job satisfaction is up

Three-quarters of managers of British workplaces say that the economic downturn has adversely affected their workplace by at least 'a moderate amount'. A third of employees who were at the workplace during this time have seen their wages frozen or cut while almost the same proportion say their workload has increased, according to the latest Workplace Employment Relations Study. Despite all this, job satisfaction is actually better than it was in 2004, when the last such survey was undertaken.

All measures of satisfaction showed modest increases since 2004, except for job security which had fallen by 5 percentage points. Levels of job autonomy had also increased - that is, the control employees felt they had over what they did, and how and when they did it. The authors of the report suggested that the increase in autonomy had counterbalanced the increasing intensity of work, and that this had in part explained the rise in satisfaction.

Other improvements included more communication by managers through meetings and provision of financial information, and an increase in the number of employees given off-the-job training.

The survey, which was co-sponsored by Acas and four other organisations, is representative of almost 750,000 workplaces and 23.3 million employees.

Acas offers practical training solutions in Managing change to help your organisation adapt to the current economic conditions. Acas' Staff retention courses can also help you identify and implement the key components of employee engagement to improve job satisfaction and productivity.

Visit the Acas Training Courses, Workshops and Projects area for more information.

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