Are the developers satisfied with their work?

Are the developers satisfied with their work?

There is nothing worse than doing a job that does not bring satisfaction and even discourages. A satisfied employee is also an efficient employee. Employers are well aware of this and, for example, in industries such as it, they try to” flatter ” their employees. What about the programmers? Studies show that with their satisfaction at work is not bad. This should not be surprising, because many of them combine professional duty with passion. We have already discussed this issue in the article ” it vs passion-does a programmer have to be passionate about code?”. Now it’s time to address the subject of job satisfaction.

Is it worth investigating job satisfaction?

Dear programmers, managers, employers and all other people interested in the topic-but of course, it is worth checking the satisfaction of employees with the work done. The best argument in support of this thesis is the fact that … such research is carried out all over the world, and no one comes to mind to give it up. However, let us put aside this joking tone for a moment and look at the problem with the analytical eye of a scientist, because it is the people working in different universities around the world who have been interested in job satisfaction since the beginning of the 20th century, and over time this issue has also fascinated employers. By the way, the first book on job satisfaction was published in 1927 and it was “Der Kampf um die Arbeitsfreude” by Hendrik de man.

Before you can even begin to study job satisfaction, you need to know what factors to pay attention to. To put it another way, what affects the fact that a given employee, let’s say-a programmer, feels satisfaction from the performance of professional duties. This has been tested for many years by various researchers, until finally it was determined that there are a dozen such issues that are most often mentioned by employees and which have the greatest impact on job satisfaction. We give them in order from the most important:

  • amount of remuneration;

  • employment stability;

  • method of remuneration;

  • development opportunity;

  • relations with the superior;

  • station equipment;

  • contacts with colleagues;

  • independence of action;

  • the superior’s forbearance;

  • clarity of information;

  • flexibility of working time;

  • possibility of promotion;

  • compliance with health and safety regulations;

  • availability of information.

Of course, these are some general factors, which can be further clarified depending on what kind of industry is being studied and at what level the employees were subjected to the analysis.

IT job satisfaction

Before we check how it is with the professional satisfaction of programmers and other IT professionals, it is worth to look at the professional satisfaction of Poles against the background of other nationalities. According to a report by the European Commission, the most satisfied with their work are the Finns (95.3%). Poles are quite average in this respect, taking only 11th place. It turns out that the least satisfaction from work is felt by Bulgarians and Greeks. By the way, life satisfaction was also studied. Here, the Danes, Finns and Swedes proved to be unbeatable. Poles ranked 5th.

But let’s go back to the IT industry. The research firm Sedlak & amp; Sedlak conducted research on professional satisfaction in various industries. Factors such as salary satisfaction, relationships with superiors and co-workers, the level of ties with the company, etc.were taken into account. It is easy to see that many of these issues coincide with our list above. But let’s go back to the results of the study. It turned out that the most satisfied with the work are people employed in the IT industry, especially programmers. The satisfaction index of IT employees reached the level of 3.34 points (maximum 5 points could be obtained). The next position was taken by people working in business services (3.31 points), and the third-employees of energy and heat (3.29 points). As an interesting fact, it can be stated that the least satisfied with work are people employed in the public sector (2.85 points). But let’s go back to it.

Programmers and other IT professionals are most satisfied with their salaries compared to other sectors. The IT industry scored 2.7 points in this area, ahead of business services (2.63 points), NGOs (2.6 points) and the insurance industry (2.52 points). It is worth noting that also programmers were able to show the best relations with colleagues in comparison with other professions. They scored here 3.98 points, while the second in the ranking of business services-3.85 points. This result is probably also influenced by the specifics of the coders ‘ work. They often work in the same team on multi-month projects, which also contributes to building good and strong camaraderie. Developers often appreciate the opportunity to consult with colleagues. IT workers also have the best ratio of relations with superiors (3.54 points). Business services ranked second with 3.46 points.

When employees are satisfied with their work, they become ambassadors of the company, are happy to talk about its achievements and about the unique atmosphere in the place of employment. Such voices are a real treasure for the employer. I can’t think of a better advertisement.

Now it’s your turn. Admit whether you are really satisfied with your work. We are waiting for comments!

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