job satisfaction vs job interest

In today’s world there’s a lot of competition especially when it comes to employment. Many graduates find it difficult to find their dream job but they have to start from somewhere. Unfortunately just because someone gets a job the person likes doesn’t mean he is satisfied by it. There are many factors that come into play. This is supposed to be taken care of by the Human Resources department. A satisfied employee is a representative of the company and helps in promoting the company. However, if an employee isn’t satisfied the person may still continue to do the job until he gets something better to do.

Doing a job is not just about the money and position. It is also about teamwork, respect, security, benefits and a healthy environment. A happy employee is loyal and this can benefit the company in the long term. Also, having activities such as training opportunities can boost the employees’ confidence and makes them to take on challenges.

A research conducted by Kevin Hoof, assistant professor of industrial-organizational psychology from the University of Houston supports this.

“To be satisfied with a job, you don’t have to worry too much about finding a perfect fit for your interests because we know other things matter, too. As long as it’s something you don’t hate doing, you may find yourself very satisfied if you have a good supervisor, like your coworkers, and are treated fairly by your organization,” said Hoff.

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The research was conducted from 1949 to 2016 studying the behaviour of almost 40,000 participants. It was concluded that job satisfaction isn’t merely about interest but also about relationship between the colleagues, the employer and the pay.

“In popular career guidance literature, it is widely assumed that interest fit is important for job satisfaction. Our results show that people who are more interested in their jobs tend to be slightly more satisfied, but interest assessments are more useful for guiding people towards jobs in which they will perform better and make more money” reports Hoff.

It is important for the HR and employer to take this into careful consideration. If the employees are happy naturally they will work harder and have positive things to say. They may even recommend others to join the company. This would be beneficial to the company as they would profit more and have a better atmosphere of getting the job done.

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