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NOAA Supervisory Resource Guide

What Can I Do To Increase Employee Job Satisfaction?

Typical Scenarios: 1. Your employees are performing well, but you think they can be even more productive. 2. You have an employee(s) who is bored, burned out, or just not happy in the job. 3. You have limited resources and/or authority for the kinds of “perks” that are common in the private sector.

Principle:Managers have a responsibility, and the flexibility, to create an environment that enables all employees to excel while contributing to the organization’s mission.

Where Do I Start: Get to know your employees. People value different things about their jobs; learn what is important to each employee in your workplace.

Rules and Flexibilities: Managers have substantial latitude in creating a satisfying and productive work environment. Formal workplace policies can help. See the following for ideas:

Future WFM Managers’ Corners will cover other formal workplace programs including telework and tuition reimbursement.

Good Management Practices: Managers often assume that employees respond primarily to salary, cash awards, bonuses, or working conditions. However, research studies have shown that employee satisfaction and motivation is generally related to the nature of the work itself and to opportunities for achievement, recognition, responsibility, growth, and advancement. The following management practices can have a significant impact on employee job satisfaction and organizational effectiveness:

How satisfied are NOAA employees with the Agency’s management practices? See the NOAA Survey Feedback Action Results.

Checklist:

Page last edited: March 13, 2018


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