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Job Satisfaction (Audio Term & Part 2)

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Improving job satisfaction will entail a substantial amount of change. Even if something will ultimately result in a positive effect on employees, the change process can create turmoil, and can derail the success of the initiative.

Learn more about change management in our module from the Lean Training System. Included in the module is our Change Management DVD.

  1. Managers should do an assessment of the job satisfaction of the team. Most HR teams would be happy to provide them with support in this effort.
  2. Develop an action plan to improve overall job satisfaction. This will be primarily a company effort.
  3. Develop individual plans for team members. This will likely not be a separate effort, but rather will be included in the ongoing personnel development plans. Focus on the things the employee wants, and split the tasks between what the individual must do and what the leadership team has to do to support it.

If this sounds like a lot of work, that’s because it is. There is a reason the majority of people don’t like their work. Managing job satisfaction is hard. But the effects are well worth it. There will be a point of diminishing returns, but most organizations are far from that region. 

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