It stands to reason that employees who are high performers – those employees who take pride in their work, meet deadlines and are team players – would be your happiest employees. Not according to a study conducted by Leadership IQ. The study looked at performance appraisals and employee engagement surveys of 207 companies and found:
- 42% of the companies surveyed found that their worst performing employees felt more motivated and engaged
- Under-performers felt that their company was a great place to work
This is not to say that high performers weren’t satisfied with their jobs. Fifty eight percent of high performing employees experienced job satisfaction as found in the study.
What’s interesting about this particular study is that it uncovered some eye-opening employee satisfaction outcomes that will surprise you relating to employee performance and job satisfaction. Of particular interest is the dynamics that can be created within an organization where under-performers are satisfied and feeling fully engaged in their jobs vs the impact that this has on the company’s top performers.
You can read more details about the study via the article, “Bad At Their Jobs and Loving It” on the Wall Street Journal.com website.
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