Differences When Surveyed About Job Satisfaction

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<p><b>Chicago &mdash; Feb. 2</b><br />HR Solutions Inc. recently conducted a study of about 10,000 multi-industry employee engagement surveys, analyzing differences between men and women with regard to overall job satisfaction. </p><p>Five survey questions yielded notable differences between the sexes.</p><p>Survey Items:</p><ul><li>&quot;This organization provides me the opportunity to improve my professional knowledge and job skills.&quot; &nbsp; <br /></li><ul><li>Favorable (women): 73 percent&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>Favorable (men): 66 percent</li></ul></ul><ul><li>&quot;My job gives me the opportunity to do the things that I do best.&quot;</li><ul><li>Favorable (women): 73 percent <br /></li><li>Favorable (men): 67 percent</li></ul></ul><ul><li>&quot;Senior management of this organization is concerned about the employees.&quot;</li><ul><li>Favorable (women): 46 percent</li><li>Favorable (men): 49 percent</li></ul></ul><ul><li>&quot;I have an opportunity to participate in decisions made by my supervisor that affect my work environment.&quot;</li><ul><li>Favorable (women): 59 percent</li><li>Favorable (men): 63 percent</li></ul></ul><ul><li>&quot;All in all, I am satisfied with my job.&quot;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><ul><li>Favorable (women): 74 percent</li><li>Favorable (men): 72 percent</li></ul></ul><p>The data indicates women generally respond more favorably on survey tems regarding job fit, career development, and ultimately overall job satisfaction. </p><p>Men tend to respond more favorably when asked if they felt included by their supervisor in decisions affecting<br />them and whether senior management was concerned for employees.<br /><br />&quot;Gender-based differences on key engagement questions may indicate the need for a customized approach to actively engaging your workforce,&quot; said HR Solutions Principal Consultant Murat Philippe. &quot;Furthermore, these findings raise other questions about gender differences in career development and the effect of predominantly male<br />management staffs in today diverse workforce.&quot;<br /><br />It is well-documented that males and females have different ommunication and management styles. Therefore, it is not surprising each sex has a different opinion on job satisfaction and might react differently to varied levers of employee engagement, which the<br />aforementioned scores support.<br /><br />HR Solutions advocates companies embrace gender differences as an pportunity to develop and retain your employees. </p><p>Consider workshops or seminars for your management team to raise awareness and understanding<br />of gender differences. Not acknowledging these differences could have a negative effect on the organization unless managed properly. </p><p>Possible effects include loss of productivity, lack of commitment to the organization, higher turnover and even increased employee stress.</p>

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