Both hiring companies and employees are expressing their dissatisfaction with their employment situation, so what is the cure?
The employment satisfaction situation is slowly but markedly improving in the United States. According to the most recent figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, total nonfarm payroll grew by 162,000 during the month of July with unemployment falling to 7.4 percent, down from 7.6 percent the month before. This news comes as a mixed bag, as the unemployment rate is the lowest it has been for some time, but nonfarm payroll figures did not grow at the rate they had in previous months.
While a few years ago, job seekers may have been desperate for any kind of work, today they are coming to expect more from their employment. At the same time, employers are also looking for more from their new hires. This creates an odd paradox that, on the surface, looks like it would have brought the employment situation to an impasse.
Dissatisfaction Among Manufacturing Workers
A recent survey by Monster explains that many employees in the manufacturing industry are not satisfied with their current job. In fact, about 47 percent said that they were dissatisfied. However, 74 percent believe that it is more difficult to find a new position now than it was a year ago.
Jeffrey Quinn, the Vice President of Monster Global Insights, explains that this could be a result of certain sectors emerging within manufacturing, while more conventional ones are not growing nearly as quickly.
"With conditions in the U.S. economy turning more favorable for manufacturing in general, there are several indicators that manufacturing jobs are returning to the U.S. as evidenced by recent public announcements," he said. "Maybe finding the right job is just a matter of bringing their talents to another industry in need."
Looking for Qualified Employees
There is noted dissatisfaction on the other side of the job search as well. A recent survey by research group Robert Half explains that a majority of businesses are having trouble finding the skilled workers necessary for their operations. In fact, about 60 percent have said that this recruiting dissatisfaction is the most challenging part of hiring and managing staff. This was by far the largest concern with maintaining employee morale and productivity being the second highest concern at 19 percent.
Paul McDonald, a Senior Executive Director at the firm, explains that this could be because small businesses are not using the right selling points for their companies.
"But small businesses may appeal to professionals who want to acquire a variety of experiences and move up quickly," he explained. "These companies can level the playing field in their recruiting efforts by highlighting what makes their cultures unique and emphasizing opportunities for skills development."
What is interesting to note about both these surveys is that both their analysts commented about skills and talents. Furthermore, they noted that employment situations do not necessarily match the workers skills with their job. In both situations, it seems as though satisfaction would be met if there was greater harmony between the skills of employees and the jobs they are performing.
The dissatisfaction that both parties are feeling could be curbed through alternative temporary labor solutions. While most temp agencies simply place workers at jobs sites without any guidance, these performance-based labor solutions provide labor for hiring companies, while training the employee on the job.
This solves problems for people on both sides of the equation. Workers are first and foremost able to find a job, while at the same time cultivating skills that could help them carve out a more satisfying role in the company. Employers benefit as well because the concerns about employees with the right skills are met through the provided skills development.