How the Job satisfaction boosts workplace

Employees say workers are more likely to steal petty cash and commit other unethical acts when they are dissatisfied and see their own superiors behaving badly, according to research released on Monday.

A good work-life balance and high levels of job satisfaction, on the other hand, were thought to promote ethical behaviour among employees, said the poll of more than 1,000 US adults who work full-time .

Sixty per cent of those surveyed said job dissatisfaction was a leading reason people make unethical decisions at work, second only to lack of personal integrity, according to the ‘Ethics and Workplace’ survey conducted for Deloitte & Touche USA.Also, 91% said workers who enjoy a good work-life balance are more likely to behave ethically, it said.

“To the extent that they are dissatisfied, they also get disengaged. When they get disengaged , perhaps, they just don’t take the time or energy or think fully about making the good decisions,” said Sharon Allen, chairman of the board of directors of Deloitte & Touche USA.

The behaviours of managers and direct supervisors were said to be the most significant factors in encouraging or discouraging good behavior at work, the survey said. “They reinforce the importance of setting the tone at the top,” Allen said. “What they do matters, and what they do makes a difference, and they are always in some way being observed, and they are being used as role models, whether they know it or not.

“Showing preferential treatment toward certain employees, taking credit for other people’s accomplishments and rewarding employees who behave badly were the most frequently cited examples of managers behaving badly, the survey showed. Examples of good management were giving proper credit where due, being straightforward and honest and treating employees equally, the survey said. AGENCIES