It's very telling that so many people refer to their 9-to-5 jobs as the daily grind. If you give the term a second thought, it actually doesn't sound so positive. For the lucky few, going to the office is something to look forward to — but what should we look forward to in a dream job?
The Energy Project, a company that helps organizations implement positive changes in employees, partnered up with the Harvard Business Review to survey over 12,000 participants to determine the biggest factors in engagement and productivity. Here are the four core factors that can quickly ramp up dissatisfaction at the workplace:
- Not taking a break every 90 minutes: Apparently, this has a great significance toward focus, and being encouraged by a manager to take breaks increases the chances of an employee staying on at the company by 100 percent.
- Not feeling like your supervisor is caring for you: This is the biggest influence of a feeling of trust and safety with your employer.
- Not being able to focus on one thing at a time: Those who are able to focus on one thing at a time are 50 percent more engaged.
- Not finding your work meaningful: People who find meaning and significance in their job are three times more likely to stay with their organization. This is the biggest determining factor in job satisfaction.
If companies work on fixing these four problems, employees are likely to feel loyalty, satisfaction, and lower stress levels. And perhaps employees can take the initiative by giving themselves a short break after every 90 minutes and doing little things like walking to the kitchen for a snack or taking a brisk walk around the block.