Why the Happiest Employees Want More Work

by Dora Wang on Nov 12, 2016 8:00:00 AM

employee developmentWe should make it clear that employees don’t want their companies to just hand things to them. In fact, one of the biggest differences between workers in the happiest and unhappiest industries is that the former have more opportunities to grow and develop.

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This isn’t just about getting promotions. As one employee in Technology & Software says:

“So much room for growth here in terms of doing my current job better, learning new skills, working more effectively with teams and different types of people. I also see many opportunities to do my own outreach and ability to suggest new things for the company to do. This is one of the things I like best about [this company].”


On the flip side, those who answered negatively are missing more than just a fancy new job title. Here’s a telling comment from an employee in Energy, Mining & Utilities:

“1. No mentoring systems

2. No knowledge transmission

3. No follow-up from managers on personal development plan”


Employees who aren’t encouraged to reach their full potential are lacking anything from mentors to training to support from management. Is it any wonder this makes them unhappy?

 

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This post was written by Dora Wang

Dora is an employee engagement researcher for TINYpulse and managing editor of TINYinstitute. Having grown up in Texas, she is now firmly settled in Seattle, where she spends her free time reading comic books, wrangling her three cats, and (of course) rooting for the Seahawks.

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