One in ten Dutch workers gets little or no satisfaction from their work. For another more than a quarter, it is fifty-fifty: this group returns from work as often not satisfied as it does.
So that means that over a third of Dutch workers are at best neutral about their work and at worst feel unsatisfied with it. That’s according to research by job site Indeed among 1,077 Dutch workers.
A quarter of those surveyed are considering a career switch. Although a better salary is most often cited as the reason for this (39.9 percent), “Doing a more enjoyable job” barely rivals this at 38.1 percent.
Doing more fun work
“When it comes to career choices, salary still plays a big role,” said Sander Poos, managing director of Indeed Benelux. “Being able to earn a living is still one of the most important reasons to go to work. However, the degree to which a job is fun and meaningful is becoming increasingly important. A move to a job that suits you better creates new opportunities with positive impact on your whole life.”
The extent to which a job is fun and meaningful is increasingly important
No regrets about career switch
A third of the Dutch have actually made a career switch, and 18 percent have done so multiple times. Half of employed people in the Netherlands are not currently considering a switch, but have considered it at some point. Of actual career switchers, only 17 percent regret doing something else.
In addition to doing something completely different, a similar job to the current job but in a different industry is also a possibility. For more than 40 percent, this is an option.
Working on employee experience
So for employers who are reluctant to see their employees leave, the key is to invest in job happiness. And not just because attracting new talent is no easy task in today’s job market, according to Gea Peper and Heleen Mes, authors of the book Employee Experience.
Also read: Employee experience, what does it mean?
“Happy employees are essential for satisfied customers and positive (business) results. Companies that actively work on the happiness of their staff are more successful. By connecting employees to the organization in a positive way, you retain the right people with the right attitude, knowledge and skills. This not only saves turnover costs, but creates the culture that suits the organization and ensures a positive reputation as an employer.”