In deployment of some very basic data analytics principles shared with us by the IT Department, the people of the HR Department have some interesting insights to draw on in doing our jobs, particularly with regards to just making our own lives easier really and streamlining operations. Consequently, just by looking at what would otherwise appear to be some basic data one can draw some very interesting parallels to.
For example, there appears to be a distinct link between something like productivity and job satisfaction, whereas one would have thought there’d be a correlation between job satisfaction and income. We’ll zone-in on the relationship between productivity and job satisfaction in today’s post and the narrative is quite clear, revealing that employees who feel valued are more productive.
Of course a very important factor to consider in working out job satisfaction is indeed that of the remuneration one earns for their work, but because of the fact that one can never really “earn enough” money (you’d always be satisfied with a little bit more, at worst), the relationship between wages earned and productivity is not quite a direct one. So this brings us back to the interesting relationship between feeling valued and productivity…
While the numbers-based analysis may make for some surprising reading, it really isn’t that surprising in itself that productivity is linked to the kind of job satisfaction that comes with employees feeling valued. Clearly it’s not about the money, or rather it’s not as much about the money as one might have first thought.
When an employee comes in to work every day, what they want to come away with is a sense that they’ve made a meaningful contribution to a cause that matters. So it’s not about showing up and doing just enough to get the pay cheque. If it ever gets to that stage then it doesn’t really make for what is the preferred or ideal situation. You only show up for the pay cheque if you have no other option.
Testimony to all of this can further be found in one’s peek into the legal field, particularly with regards to its implications to the corporate sector. I mean what is wrongful termination in California? Is it something which is prevalent in that part of the world, specifically?
It happens a lot more than what you may think, considering the fact that a place like California is usually associated with the kind of careers which are pretty much designed by whomever is getting into that career. One would think that the majority of Californians would never need to liaise with an employment attorney, given the jobs they typically do, but they do and you know what? It’s never about the money.
What it was always about, invariably, was the desire to get back to a job they actually loved. Consequently when people who are wrongfully terminated win their case and get reinstated, they often don’t last because the work environment inevitably changes and things are different. Money comes into play long afterwards.