Compensation Packages, Career Mobility and More: Weekend Poll Results

Assistants, regardless of  where you may be on your own particular career ladder, typically expend a great deal of effort ensuring that matters are executed to others’ satisfaction. Last weekend, I turned the lens around to explore how things are working out for you. Our focus:

How satisfied with your career are you at this point in time?

NYC Commuters 0806 G Copyright Shelagh DonnellyCompensation packages: A full 16% of respondents gave the highest possible rating to this question and, in fact, 45% of you rated your satisfaction at four or five out of five. To me, this suggests that a high percentage of employers deliver compensation packages that reflect fair market value … and that almost half the respondents believe their education, skills and work are appropriately valued. At the other end of the spectrum, 32.5% of you rated your satisfaction level at two or lower out of five.

Work-life balance: Again, 45% of respondents rated your satisfaction at four or five out of five. The difference? A slightly lower percentage of you, 14%, couldn’t be happier with your work-life balance, while 31% gave this a four out of five rating.  In contrast, 27% rated their satisfaction on this front at two or lower, suggesting that more than a quarter of readers are struggling to maintain some form of balance.

Career mobility: In thinking about career mobility, we’re looking at capacity to move (ideally upward) from one job or pay classification to another, either within one’s current workplace or externally. It’s in this section of this Weekend Poll that there were almost equally weighted extremes in responses. While 42% of you gave a four or five rating, slightly more (44%) provided a two or lower rating.

Workplace culture: A high percentage of respondents sound pretty satisfied with their workplace cultures – 43.33% of you, in fact. Another 33.33% provided a two or lower rating.

Are your contributions valued? 49.5% of respondents gave a four or higher rating on this front, which must be the envy of the 27% who provided a two or lower rating.

How to improve or maintain career satisfaction?

Some factors are beyond an individual’s control – and satisfaction levels can climb or plunge, as anyone who’s inherited a new executive or encountered cutbacks will know. However, we can impact other factors and we’ll explore this further. Watch this site for more on this topic in the weeks ahead.

 

 THE DATA: YOUR RESPONSES


On a scale of 1 (very dissatisfied; something’s got to give) to 5 (couldn’t be happier), how satisfied are you with your compensation package?

  • 16%: 5/5 – couldn’t be happier
  • 29%: 4/5
  • 22.5%: 3/5
  • 22.5% :  2/5
  • 10%: 1/5 – very dissatisfied; something’s got to give

On the same scale of 1 to 5, how satisfied are you with your work-life balance?

  • 14%: 5/5 – couldn’t be happier
  • 31%: 4/5
  • 28%:  3/5
  • 10%: 2/5
  • 17%: 1/5 – very dissatisfied; something’s got to give

On the same scale of 1 to 5, how satisfied are you with your career mobility?

  • 7%: 5/5 – couldn’t be happier
  • 35%: 4/5
  • 14%: 3/5
  • 24%: 2/5
  • 17%: 1/5 – very dissatisfied; something’s got to give
  • 3% selected “Other”. One commented , “I cannot progress any further at my current employer.”

On the same scale of 1 to 5, how satisfied are you with the culture of your workplace?

  • 20%: 5/5 – couldn’t be happier
  • 23.33%: 4/5
  • 23.33% : 3/5
  • 17%: 2/5
  • 13.33%: 1/5 – very dissatisfied; something’s got to give
  • 3% selected “Other”. One commented , “This is with recent goings on, until now have been very happy”.

On the same scale of 1 to 5, how satisfied are you that your contributions are valued?

  • 14%: 5/5 – couldn’t be happier
  • 35%: 4/5
  • 24% : 3/5
  • 10%: 2/5
  • 14% : 1/5 – very dissatisfied; something’s got to give
  • 3% selected “Other”. One commented , “Until recently they were very valued”.

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