The first measure of Job Quality has officially been launched. What is it and what’s affecting job quality right now?
Who’s rating your Job Quality?
This measure comes from the CIPD in the form of a new annual survey. This means workers themselves will be rating their own job quality as well as its relative importance across a series of ‘seven dimensions’.
You may recall that the Taylor Review recommended such a measurement approach – and stated its importance across all job roles and arenas.
The results of the inaugural survey show:
- Job satisfaction is relatively high at 64%. However, ‘low-level’ workers and middle managers are each facing high stress with poor support.
- Furthermore, ‘low-skilled’ and casual workers are lacking development opportunities. 37% of this group has not received any training over the past year. What’s more, 43% say their ‘job did not give them opportunities to develop their skills’.
- Middle managers are also experiencing the ill-effects of high stress. 35% report an excessively high workload, while 28% are facing mental health consequences.
- 28% of middle management respondents are additionally struggling to maintain their personal commitments.
For further findings and the CIPD’s response, please refer to HR Magazine.
Thoughts from a recruitment agency…
It’s hard not to welcome any exploration of job satisfaction. This sits well with our recent report on the measurement of soft skills – something also proposed by the Taylor Review.
Both aspects are vital to the everyday functioning of our national workforce and place workers’ abilities and attitudes right at the heart of things.
The more that this is all discussed, the more employers will become aware of these topics. Hopefully leading to a happier and more productive workforce all-around!
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