Adhesives & Sealants Industry recently surveyed our print magazine, digital edition and eNewsletter subscribers to find out how satisfied they are with their jobs. I’m happy to report that overall, 70% of respondents indicated that they are highly satisfied with their current job (see Figure 1). Among evaluated individual aspects, the company’s leadership team is rated the lowest on satisfaction (53%); this number is higher for satisfaction with coworkers (68%) and supervisors (63%).
Qualifications and Training
Most respondents (77%) reported that they are qualified for their current role/position, though slightly less than one-quarter (22%) believe that they are over-qualified for their job. Thus, it make sense that fewer than half of respondents (44%) said that they have taken training courses in the past, despite just over half (52%) of respondents’ companies offering training courses and/or tuition reimbursement. A little less than a quarter (23%) of respondents indicated that they are not currently taking courses and don’t intend to in the future.
Improving Job Satisfaction
While a high overall job satisfaction number is good news, we found that 18% of employees in the adhesives, sealants and related industries are actively seeking a new job. The top reasons for this are: seeking a more challenging position (43%), followed by a desire for higher pay (33%).
Employees in the adhesives, sealants and related industries indicated that they receive a number of partially or fully paid benefits from their employers. Some 91% have health insurance through their employer, and 84% receive paid vacation time. The top additional benefits include: paid sick leave, 85%; retirement benefits, such as 401K or pension, 84%; dental insurance, 81%; bonus, 77%; life insurance, 74%; and vision insurance 70%.
While respondents are mostly satisfied with their current job, there’s always room for improvement. Higher pay is again requested, as 37% said that that would make them more satisfied in their job, while 30% indicated that company communication surrounding the organization’s vision could be better. Additional ways companies can improve job satisfaction include more vacation time (23%); offering profit sharing or a bonus (22%); better healthcare benefits (17%); and retirement benefits or an increase in existing benefits (17%). Just 6% of respondents indicated that they are completely satisfied. Figure 2 provides a full breakdown of job satisfaction improvement drivers.
This article is based on information from the December 2018 “Adhesives & Sealants Industry Job Satisfaction Study” by Clear Seas Research. The entire report, including additional details regarding industry challenges and technology adoption, is available to purchase and download. For details, visit https://clearseasresearch.com/product/2018-job-satisfaction-study-adhesives-sealants/?r=7.