Wed, February 27th, 2008 - 5:22 pm - By Gordon Basichis
Improve Your Employees’ Job Satisfaction with an increasing number of workers eager to find a greater work/life balance, find out what you can do now to keep your employees happy.
The tough job market of the past two years has made life very difficult for those who are either unemployed or underemployed. And so you might think that your employees, because they have jobs, would be ecstatic. They aren’t. While no doubt grateful for a paycheck, U.S. workers are actually less satisfied than they’ve been in many years.
A November 2003 survey by CareerBuilder, a leading job-search Web site, documents the extent of this dissatisfaction. The survey found that nearly one in four workers are now dissatisfied with their jobs, a 20 percent increase over 2001 levels, with some six out of ten workers planning to leave their current employer for other pursuits within the next two years. A similar survey by the Society for Human Resource Professionals revealed that more than eight out of ten workers intend to look for a new job when the economy heats up.
Corra subscribes to the axiom that if you treat your employees well they will work hard for you. Albeit, not all the time. In fact there are numerous occasions when disgruntled employees will shuck work or even steal from your business. They will steal everything from personal supplies to cash and valuable databases and proprietary information.
As we have been told three million times during this election campaign, in the immortal words of President Reagan, “trust but verify.” In this case treat your employees well, take care of their needs, but have a pre-employment screening program in place to check out their histories.
Background checks can avoid a lot of heartache, financially and image-wise. You can use background checks to avoid a lot of costly litigation. While it is true that you should treat your workers well, and they in turn should care about the work they do, there are definitely a few million rotten apples in the work force. Run the social security trace and the criminal background check. If they have access to your proprietary data, run credit reports as well.
Check them out before you hire.