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Latest SHRM Survey Supports Employee Need to “WorkHuman”

by Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – What makes us happy, satisfied and engaged at work? Deeper connections and relationships with colleagues and a stronger sense of meaningful work.

SHRM released its annual “Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement Report” yesterday. I wrote about it in more depth on Compensation Café today.

The report is quite interesting. I particularly find it useful how it draws on both satisfaction and engagement measures, yet is careful to distinguish the two. They are very different, and SHRM acknowledges this in the report. Of particular note are findings related to employee needs for connections with their colleagues and meaning in their work.

Evren Esen, director of SHRM’s survey programs, comments on the research:

"Workers have shown an increased preference for understanding their role and how it aligns with the success of an organization. What's important to employees now is a collaborative environment that encourages feedback and interaction among co-workers and between employees and their supervisors."

These two points – connections and meaningful work – are the crux of our discussions at WorkHuman.

Indeed, the relationships we build with others as we work together to deliver products and services of value and purpose are the heart of what defines humanity at work.