Why your millennial workers seem unhappy

by John Hilton03 Oct 2017

Happy employees are an essential part of any thriving business, as workplace satisfaction can have a significant impact on productivity and profitability, according to Nicole Gorton, director of Robert Half Australia.

Gorton added that employees who are happy in their job are generally more productive, engaged, creative and less likely to leave the organisation, which directly impacts the bottom line.

Her comments come as new research from Robert Half shows senior Australian workers are happier, less stressed and more interested in their job than their junior counterparts.

The report, It’s time we all work happy™: The secrets of the happiest companies and employees, identifies the factors that influence employee happiness in the workplace.

It highlighted that stress levels decrease with age, with just over one in four (26%) workers aged 55+ finding their job stressful, compared to 29% of those aged 35-54 and 30% of employees aged 18-34.

Moreover, Australians find their work more interesting the older they get. Three in four (75%) employees aged 55+ find their work interesting, compared to 66% of those aged 35-54 and 62% of those aged 18-34.

Gorton added that providing professional development opportunities, and conducting regular performance reviews are examples that can help ensure less tenured workers are hapy in their job.

Indeed, Aaron McEwan, HR advisory leader at CEB, recently said that for employers who get it right, career development can become the “hot ticket for talent attraction and retention”.

“Creating opportunities for internal movement, which gives employees the opportunity to move from role to role within the organisation and learn new skills along the way, is a great way to champion employee development,” he said.

“Career development doesn’t have to focus on a direct vertical progression, it can look sideways for areas of potential growth and future needs.

“Today’s dedicated and determined workforce are looking for new ways that they can thrive and grow professionally.

“They want to know that no matter where their career takes them, their skills will be relevant and in-demand.”


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