HR Job Satisfaction Survey

In the Society for Human Resource Management’s just released 2011 Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement report,  the top factors contributing to job satisfaction for HR professionals included:  opportunities to use skills and abilities; relationship with immediate supervisor; communication between employees and senior management; the work itself; and autonomy and independence. Yet only 48 percent reported feeling “very satisfied” with their relationship with their supervisor and only 41 percent with having opportunities to use their skills and abilities. 

So what if you are an HR professional wanting to close this gap and increase your job satisfaction? Consider focusing on the following goals for 2012:
– Find out a top goal of senior management and connect this to a strategic HR goal. While taking care of the transactional parts of HR is a given (e.g. hiring, payroll, compliance), taking steps to connect HR’s goals to the organization’s business plan exceeds senior management’s expectations. Providing value to the company is essential to gain the ear of senior management and stretch your expertise.
Streamline one of the parts of your job you dislike and increase a part of your job you enjoy. If technology would help streamline a task and funds are low, look for in-house technology expertise or hire an IT intern.
– Increase trust with managers and include their input into HR initiatives. Managers are more likely to help your initiatives succeed if managers know you have their back, you are good intentioned and have their best interest at heart.  The work itself can be frustrating if it involves push back from managers rather than moving forward and seeing results.
– Be a mentor or a mentee with another HR professional. Mentoring another is a great way to share your expertise or be a mentee to expand your expertise and abilities. Helping another and stretching yourself can build personal satisfaction and goodwill.