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Knowing the needs of the junior workforce

In any business, its workforce lies at the heart of creating a productive, effective and successful operation. As well as ensuring that the framework is in place to help tasks run smoothly, it is vital that staff wellbeing and happiness is also looked after as stress, anger and bad attitudes towards an employer will have a negative impact on their professional output. In today’s world, the average workplace is often a diverse mixture of staff from a wide range of age groups and working positions. It is important to understand the unique needs and requirements of each one in order to put the correct strategies in place.

When comparing the happiness of the junior and senior workforce, many may assume that due to larger responsibility, stress, workload and external life factors, senior staff are, on average, the least happy at work. However, a recent survey by OfficeGenie.co.uk revealed that the junior members feel more negative about their job than senior staff. In fact, they felt more negative about work 24% before they started their shift and 22% after they had finished, than other levels of seniority.

What the junior workforce wants

 Higher wage: The survey highlighted that 62% of the junior workforce questioned felt that they deserved to earn a higher wage than what they were currently receiving. While this may be challenging to meet, even offering a small pay rise may be enough to keep your junior worker happier, instantly increasingly productivity and offering return on investment.

  • Less workload: 46% felt overworked in their job. If a staff member feels as if their workload is unmanageable, reluctance to offer different ways of working around it and no offer of reward in the long run may quickly send attitudes towards an employer plummeting.
  • Flexible working: While 46% believed that being able to work from home would improve their happiness, 61% were denied this request from their employer.
  • Rewards: 23%stated that more praise would be the best motivator at work after monetary rewards (75%) and flexible hours (32%). This can be easy to incorporate into any business, and simply training management in appropriate action to take when a staff member is performing well could quickly boost the mood of your junior team.

Implementing a staff management system can help businesses revolutionise the way they operate, increasing the happiness of your junior workforce. Learn about the benefits that IQtimecard can bring, facilitating the changes needed to boost the mood of your staff with a free online demo.