Over 80 per
cent of municipal employees would be willing to recommend their employer
to their friends
JHL (29.09.2010 - Juhani Artto) A big majority of municipal employees
are satisfied with their well-being at work. This is the major
conclusion of a new survey conducted by The Local Government Pensions
Institute. The situation has remained fairly steady if compared with the
results of identical 2008 and 2009 surveys. Now, job satisfaction is
such that up to 82 per cent of employees would be ready to recommend
their employer to their friends. In 2008, the number was 74 per cent.
The noticeable rise in the number of people claiming job satisfaction
needs to be taken into context. Clearly, it is linked to the recession
that began in autumn 2008 as the latest survey shows that continuous
employment to be among the most valued and appreciated considerations
when it comes to evaluating or deciding upon job satisfaction in the
municipal sector. In the same 2008-2010 period there was a slight dip in
the self-esteem of employees -in terms of physical and mental
well-being- but still it remained relatively high, at 7.7 and 8.1 on a
scale of 0 to 10.
The employer also received good marks when employees were asked about
demands put on their skills balanced against the skills they feel they
have. Here they scored 8.1 on the same scale from 0 to 10.
When it came to dissatisfaction in the world of work a large proportion
of the respondents
cited the lack of staff on hand to deal with and perform certain tasks.
In the health sector 52 per cent were of the opinion that staffing was
inadequate. In the social and technical sectors about a third of the
employees were of the same opinion.
A somewhat smaller proportion of
employees say that they are not given enough time to perform their
tasks. There is also dissatisfaction with the flow of information at
work places and with the investment and contribution the employer is
making towards advancing well-being at work.