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Almost 9 in 10 employees say they are
satisfied with their jobs, and the biggest contributor to their contentment is
the respectful treatment of employees
at all levels, according to the results of
SHRM’s 2017 Employee Job Satisfaction
and Engagement Survey.
Women were more likely than men
to point to respect as a very important
component of job satisfaction. And Millennials were more likely than members
of Generation X to report being very satisfied with the level of respect at work.
Employees who aren’t in management
were far less likely than executives to be
satisfied with the respect shown to all
Other top contributors to job satisfaction were good compensation, a high
level of trust between employees and
senior management, job security, and
opportunities to use skills and abilities.
“Fairness and transparency are sig-
nificant themes that repeatedly appeared
throughout the top job satisfaction con-
tributors and employee engagement,”
said Evren Esen, SHRM’s director of
workforce analytics. “This indicates the
importance of these concepts when cre-
ating a workplace culture that thrives
and inspires continuous success.”
Of the 89 percent of employees who
are satisfied with their jobs, 38 percent
reported being very satisfied and 51 per-
cent somewhat satisfied.
The survey results, released in April,
were from a poll of 600 randomly
selected U. S. employees in December
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Students Excel in HR Competition
Hundreds of college students from across the United States participated in 2017
SHRM Case Competition and Career Summit events held in Oregon, Texas and
Pennsylvania earlier this year.
The students learned about the HR profession from educational speakers and
current HR practitioners. In addition, they competed to resolve an HR or workplace
issue. The events offered a unique opportunity for HR students to apply in-class
learning to a real-world HR scenario.
They faced off in t wo divisions: Division I for undergraduates and Division II for
graduate students. The following teams won their divisions:
• Division I Central: University of Memphis; Division II Central: Eastern Michigan
• Division I East: Olivet Nazarene University; Division II East: West Virginia
• Division I West: University of Central Oklahoma; Division II West: University of
The events gave the students a chance to build their networks and to demonstrate the value of being part of the HR community and career partners with SHRM
as they embark on their professional pursuits, said Susan Post, SHRM-SCP, who
coordinates SHRM’s student programs.
Student teams from the University of Central Oklahoma, the University of Memphis and Olivet
Nazarene University were among the winners in the 2017 SHRM Case Competition and Career
Summit events held in three cities earlier this year.