Job Satisfaction – Factors That Matter

Are you happy with your current career or position? What makes it a good or bad path?

LinkedIn, the most prolific professional networking and recruiting social media network has compiled a study that looks into the most motivating (and  least motivating) factors that influence job satisfaction.

According to their summary there are 3 most and least important factors in professionals accepting a new job:

3 Most Important Factors

1. Better Compensation & Benefits

This is a no-brainer, everyone likes to get paid and be covered to some extent. Having a comprehensive package of both income and benefits is the main deciding factor when accepting a new job role. Benefits do not necessarily mean just insurance: does your employer provide holiday bonuses? Profit sharing? Social events? Recognize employees for their hard work and dedication? Going this extra mile can be the difference in attracting and keeping great talent.

2. Good Work/Life Balance

Usually the hardest one to establish: how many paid vacation days do you have? Does your employer have flex time? Sick or personal days for every-day appointments or needs? Giving employees flexibility is crucial as most people have busy personal lives that are demanding. Similarly, having the ability to cover an employee that goes on a two or three week vacation can ensure less “burn-out” and higher work-life balance. What is the point of having vacation if you cannot use it for a trip that you want – regardless of duration!

3. Opportunities for Advancement

While not the biggest influencing factor, but opportunities for advancement can help keep you motivated and working hard towards both; a personal and corporate goal. It is a situation that benefits both you and the employer (as they get to promote someone from the inside who is already familiar with their organization).

3 Least Important Factors

1. Job Title

While titles like Director and VP do sound nice, they are not at all motivators for job satisfaction. Position is no longer important as is the type of work, challenge and atmosphere that an employee is in.

2. Office Location

With the advent of computers, commuting and other technology, location has also gone down in importance. Some workplaces offer work-from home schedules and virtual offices which makes it easy for employees to get work done even if they are not in the office.

3. Relationship With Manager

This may be the most surprising factor that does not play a big role, but majority of people do not place their relationship with the manager as important. It is the work and challenge that they achieve which matters more. Surprising since majority of employees have to not only report to their managers, but work with them on a daily basis to get projects done effectively and on time.

Job Satisfaction Factors

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Coolest Gadgets From CES 2014

In case you are unaware of CES (Consumers Electronics Show); it is a yearly technology show that showcases the best, latest and coolest gadgets that big names like Samsung, Sony and Apple (amongst many other big and upcoming brand names) are planning to develop. This year the show had some really fascinating technologies which we thought would be good to highlight as it caught our attention and curiosity for the future of electronics.

Here are some of the coolest gadgets that we look forward to in the near future:

1. Computer the Size of an SD Card

We all know that computers are getting smaller, faster and lighter – but having a computer the size of an SD chip? Impressive.

2. EVehicle for Commuters (Electric Scooter)

Busy urban areas across Canada are known for their rush hour commutes, bumper to bumper slow traffic – just ask anyone in the Toronto and GTA area. Could this EVehicle help reduce some of that congestion?

3. Pocket Drone

If you thought that internet spying, government drones and other “big brother” technology were going to stop – think again. Pocket Drone can have a camera mounted and fly around for 15-20 minutes!

4. Steam Machines (Gamers Dream Console)

Steam has been the biggest player in the PC gaming market – but they are developing a home gaming system for all the enthusiastic gamers. Looks like Playstation, Xbox and Wii will have some competition in the upcoming years.

5. Curved TV

TVs are turning into computers: smart TVs with apps, higher resolution, WiFi and bluetooh technology. Now comes a curved TV from LG, which “enhances” the viewer experience!

6. SmartWatch

Althought SmartWatches have been introduced to prime-time by the end of 2013 – they are now entering further development and capabilities in 2014. They are also starting to look more like actual watches and not some foreign device that everyone will stare at, just take a look at these designs from the Pebble Steel Smartwach collection:

7. Octulus Rift Crystal Cove Hands On (Virtual Reality)

Why use a controller when you can virtually be in the game, experiencing everything as if you were in the game world!

8. Goji Smart Lock (Home Security)

Soon enough we won’t even have to leave our sofa’s to answer the door. This technology allows you to see (via smartphone) exactly who is at the door by sending an image to your mobile device and even lets you unlock it through the smartphone – how amazing is that?!

9. Crock-Pot WeMo Smart Slow Cooker

Find yourself running around the kitchen, family and other errands? Well now you can remotely control your slow cooker via mobile phone – will this even catch on?


Social Concerns: A Corporate Responsibility

A recent article outlines the importance business students and their respective schools are placing on social involvement and community contribution as meaningful factors of business responsibility and personal/career fulfillment. Focusing on students from Canada’s top business school such as York University’s Schulich School of Business, University of Victoria and McGill University the message is clear: future generations want to be involved in making the world a better place, and that starts with their local community and their corporate workplace.

Corporate Community InvolvementMajority of companies are already involved in some type of charity or non-profit by donating funds. However, going beyond just donations will be necessary in the future in order to satisfy employee needs and sense of responsibility. As technology makes our personal lives more intertwined with professional lives, having the ability to be involved with local communities and giving back in a meaningful way will be embedded within a corporate philosophy.

Whether you are looking to attract new employees, keep old ones or simply give to a cause to help those in need, the corporate entity will have to be involved. With the holiday season just around the corner, there is no better time to start!