The makeup of hiring people for jobs is changing: on the one hand there are firms offering jobs and on the other hand there are hopeful candidates. But the arena is no longer littered with people hunting for jobs and grabbing the ones they can get at the first chance that is presented to them.

These days, candidates have their own demands, and their own requirements. They’re not just looking for a job that comes with an attractive salary package—although, that is the primary motivator, naturally—but are also looking for a workplace which would align with their vision and their wellbeing.

What People These Days Look for In a Job

Most of the people hunting for jobs today are young and fresh graduates, and today’s taskforce is almost entirely Millennial: these people are more inclined to be concerned, according to Forbes, about the perks and benefits they’re being offered; the overall environment of the workplace, the culture of the company, the chances for growth and the levels of involvement they will be subject to.

In short, it all boils down to two things: satisfaction and engagement.

They’re Not the Same Thing

Employee satisfaction and employee engagement do have a tendency of sounding a tad familiar to the layman, but they’re essentially different. While it is incumbent upon the employer to ensure that their employees are both actively engaged with the job and are at the same time satisfied with the benefits they’re being offered, they also need to clearly outline the difference between the two terms.

This blog will help elucidate the distinction between the two.

Employee Satisfaction

Employee satisfaction occurs when an employee feels completely content with his or her job, and also feels a sense of pride after having helped their firm in accomplishing something. Whether or not an employee is enjoying their job despite being not completely involved in it, are they showing any signs of distress or do they appear to be disgruntled with the state of affairs—these factors are counted in employee satisfaction.

Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is when an employee is fully involved with the work that they’re doing: not only in the capacity of a worker but beyond that. When an employee becomes involved and active to the point where they’re not longer working for a monthly paycheck but are actually looking at the business as a bigger picture, they’re said to have engaged in their work. This phase usually follows employment satisfaction, which must come first in order for an employee to be engaged heartily.

If they’re actively helping the firm accomplish goals and if they’re committed to a T, if they’re arriving early and if they’re leaving late because they like working with you, then they’ve truly become a part of your team and feel like they have stakes in the work being done.

What to Keep in Mind

One must bear in mind that an employee who is engaged is almost always satisfied with their job, but a satisfied employee may or may not be engaged.

Most companies only care about employee satisfaction and don’t break much sweat on getting them to engage completely, not realizing that it is through active employee engagement that an employee will truly help the business grow.

An engaged employee has plans to remain with the company for a long period of time and is genuinely interested in helping the business grow. On the other hand, an employee who is merely satisfied will be ever on the hunt, even on the lookout for a better job.

Have an HR Consultant Explain More

Based in Pennsylvania and catering to over 1200 clients across the Mid-Atlantic to handle their employees in the best manner possible, we at JS Benefits Group understand just how important it is for an employee to both engage and be satisfied.

By providing HR consulting services and employee benefit programs we effectively ensure employee loyalty which consequently helps boost a business.

If you’re looking to give your HR policy and employee health benefits programs a boost, feel free to reach out to us at (877) 355-6070, and we promise you’ll see a visible change in your employees and in the overall performance of your business.