work sucks? According to a study, satisfaction and motivation among employees in Germany has recently suffered. Apparently salary doesn’t play the biggest role.
According to a study, the satisfaction and motivation of employees in Germany has declined. According to the survey from March, which was carried out on behalf of the consulting firm Ernst & Young (EY), 83 percent of those surveyed were satisfied overall. In 2021, 90 percent of the employees surveyed said so.
The proportion of those who are completely satisfied with their job has therefore decreased significantly. From just under half (49 percent) in 2021 to 31 percent this year. On the other hand, the proportion of those who are somewhat or completely dissatisfied with their job increased from ten to 17 percent.
According to the survey, 71 percent of employees were motivated at work. Two years ago, the proportion was still 78 percent. The proportion of highly motivated employees fell from 28 percent to 17 percent. When asked what motivates employees the most at work, the respondents most frequently named a good relationship with their colleagues and a good working atmosphere, each with 58 percent. A high salary was only popular with every third person, success bonuses were only given by twelve percent of those surveyed.
Low motivation is at the expense of company productivity, said EY board member and labor director Jan-Rainer Hinz, according to the announcement. The reasons for a lack of satisfaction and motivation could be varied, but the consequences are always the same. “Companies lose billions through the untapped potential,” said Hinz.
According to Hinz, the “human factor” should not be underestimated. Apparently, money alone does not bring happiness. The exchange with colleagues and friendships apparently played a very important role. “Corporate leaders must therefore develop a feeling for the changing needs of their employees even more than before,” said Hinz.