Study Explores How Job Satisfaction Impacts Well-Being
The road to job satisfaction is long, winding, and complex. Factors like positive coworker relationships, annual salary, health benefits, and quality of management are all part of the elaborate mix that can make or break someone’s work environment. But even if the stage is set for career satisfaction, it’s difficult to enjoy it if you’re not running on a good night’s sleep.
A recent study conducted by Best Mattress Brand explored the connection between enjoying restful sleep and feeling fulfilled at work. They found that overall, people who struggled with their sleep were less satisfied with essentially every aspect of their jobs and personal lives.
For starters, dissatisfied employees were more likely to struggle to fall asleep at night, experience restless sleep, and have difficulty getting out of bed. They were also nearly half as likely to be satisfied with their rest overall compared to happy employees.
So what kinds of disruptors are at the root of these restless nights? Work stress and anxiety were the two factors that impacted respondents’ sleep the most, while job-related pain and soreness trailed behind. However, all four of these detractors affected dissatisfied employees more than their satisfied counterparts: For example, just about three-quarters of dissatisfied respondents said their rest was disrupted by stress and worry, compared to approximately half of satisfied employees.
Unhappy employees were also much more prone to job stress bleeding into other areas of their lives, like the amount of time and energy they had to fulfill responsibilities or enjoy themselves. They also felt emotionally fatigued at far higher rates: 21 percent of dissatisfied workers said they felt drained on a daily basis, compared to just 8 percent of satisfied employees.
Stress can affect people’s physical health just as much as it affects their mental health, as evidenced by the survey’s findings. Satisfied workers reported higher rates of feeling generally healthy and believing they had control over their health, while their dissatisfied counterparts were more likely to experience below-average endurance, strength, and overall physical health.
Back at the office, satisfied employees enjoyed overall better relationships with their coworkers, and more frequently described their job as interesting (70% vs. 27%), important (55% vs. 27%), and meaningful (55% vs. 13%), among other positive qualities. On the other hand, 68% of dissatisfied workers felt frustrated by their jobs, compared to just 33% of their satisfied colleagues. They were also more anxious, less motivated, and more overwhelmed in the workplace.
If a good night’s sleep is the key to improved physical and mental health, it’s only logical that it can also create happier, healthier employees. Don’t underestimate the power of proper rest and its ability to facilitate greater life satisfaction, both inside and outside the office – put on some comfy pajamas, tuck yourself in, get to bed at a reasonable hour, and you’ll thank yourself in the morning!