Working conditions more important than salary when it comes to job satisfaction

Apr 17
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“It’s what you do, how you are able to go about your work and who is alongside you that matters the most when it comes to job satisfaction.”

That’s according to a new report by Curtin University and Making Work Absolutely Human, titled The happy workers: How satisfied are Australians at work?

Some of the key findings of the report include:

  • Employees who have the option to work from home are more likely to be satisfied in their jobs. Just 36% of Australian workers are content with their flexibility to balance work and non-work commitments
  • Employees of large corporations are less likely to be happy at work compared to those working in the public sector, not-for-profits, small businesses, or those who are self-employed
  • Generations X and Y (aged 23 – 52) are most likely to be dissatisfied with their jobs

The role of remuneration

When it comes to salary, Curtin University found that “pay is associated with higher job satisfaction but only to a point. Those that report being ‘very satisfied’ with their job overall earn a lower average amount each week than those that report being ‘satisfied’.”

Making Work Absolutely Human CEO Rhonda Brighton-Hall echoed the importance of a supportive workplace over basic monetary rewards:

“A happy workplace where people feel valued can increase productivity and innovation and reduce unwanted outcomes like employee absenteeism, workplace grievances and staff turnover.”


Submitted by Jessica Farrelly

Jessica Farrelly

Jessica is part of the marketing team at Criterion, specialising in content and social media. Originally from Ireland, she’s an avid traveller and moved to Sydney after a year spent living out of a backpack in Asia.

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