Survey: Career ‘Pathing’ Tied to Job Satisfaction

Menlo Park, Calif. — Aug. 8

For workers, “show me the way” can be just as important as “show me the money,” according to a new survey.

In a survey by specialized staffing firm Accountemps, more than half (54 percent) of workers interviewed said knowing their career path is very important to their overall job satisfaction. Nearly one-third (31 percent) of respondents feel this feedback is at least somewhat important.

The survey was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with 405 working adults aged 18 years or older and employed in an office environment.

Workers were asked, “How important is knowing your potential career path to your overall job satisfaction?” Their responses:

• Very important: 54 percent
• Somewhat important: 31 percent
• Not at all important: 14 percent
• Don’t know: 1 percent

Accountemps highlights five career-related questions employees should ask their managers:

Where do you see me going in the organization? Find out what your supervisor sees as your strengths and weaknesses, your potential to grow within the company and how long it will take to get there.

What additional development and education do I need? Your manager can recommend learning and training opportunities and help prepare you to advance.

Who should I be networking with — internally and externally? Identify the key players inside and outside the organization who can provide career guidance and industry insight.

Is a mentor available? A mentor can provide hands-on guidance and insight into how to be successful and navigate organizational politics.

Are there new projects I can take on to expand my skill set? Volunteer to lead new initiatives to enhance your abilities and help prepare you for greater responsibilities.

Source: Accountemps