or the happiest employees in Poland

The general level of professional satisfaction comprises several factors: salary, relationship with the boss, work environment, interesting projects, perks, etc. Which branch of the economy if satisfied with their job the most? How happy are Polish employees?

Job satisfaction in contemporary Poland is a rare beast. Despite the high demand for work, the ever growing development of opportunities and salaries, we can still encounter people who are not happy with what they’re doing. What are the components of job satisfaction?

According to the Social Diagnosis 2013 report comparing selected indicators between 2009 and 2013, the most important factor for 64 per cent of Poles is proper salary level (though it’s significance dropped by 11 per cent). Next is stability of employment – 56 per cent, and low stress levels – 54 per cent.

Only 3 per cent of the surveyed point to social prestige or the ability to work remotely. Last place is occupied by long annual leave. Results differ depending on gender. Women value stable, peaceful work providing self-development abilities the most, men prefer jobs with higher levels of autonomy and paths to quick promotion. In both categories salary took the top spot on the list. How much should the employee earn to be fully satisfied?


Money brings happiness…up to a certain point.

According to Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School scientists – yearly salary at the 75 thousand dollar level is the upper limit that could actually influence the happiness of the employed. Higher salary does not have the power to make the worker happier with their life. It is worth noting that this does not concern everyday mood, but general well-being. It’s hard to directly translate this into Polish realities, but in theory, a salary at the 20,000 PLN level and above does not equate to greater job satisfaction.

Even though money is the main reason we work, it cannot however be linked directly to the professional satisfaction. According to the Sedlak & Sedlak research company the question is far more complex.

During our examination of general job satisfaction factors for the badaniahr.pl web portal we were following certain factors which possibly could influence this hypothesis. These include satisfaction with the current salary, good relations with superiors and co-workers, but also the level of attachment to the company. Research shows that employees in the Polish IT industry are one of the most content with their jobs and the satisfaction level in their case scored 3.34 out of 5. They are also relatively well remunerated: with regard to this they took first place with a score of 2.7, overtaking many other similar business services or the energy industry (2.63) – says Dr Piotr Sedlak, researching employees’ attitudes and opinions at Sedlak & Sedlak.


Love thy boss: co-workers too.

Relations with co-workers and superiors are also an important factor. Employees usually evaluate their relations with colleagues as quite satisfactory – the Sedlak & Sedlak report shows this to be one of higher values. IT industry workers are satisfied the most: the average was 3.98, with business services in second place (3.85) and media, publishing, advertising and PR in third (3.78). What is the deciding factor for these results?

The IT industry often involves teamwork over many months when completing a project. This makes the support of co-workers extremely valuable. Even at their busiest of times it is good to catch a break, have a coffee together and forget project issues for a moment. IT companies pay a lot of attention to relations among employees, hence, the high value of the indicator – says Sylwia Wieteska, HR Specialist in Hicron.

Initiatives from superiors are also hugely important: the organisation of team building meetings; support not only in the professional area, but in the personal as well. It builds a sense of meaning in the employee and positively affects work quality. This area, according to the Sedlak & Sedlak report, is also dominated by IT specialist: the industry notes the highest score for relations with superiors (3.54). Business services score slightly worse (3.46), as do construction, light industry, pharmacy and insurance (3.46).

Attached or unfaithful?

The situation looks different when it comes to relations with the company itself. IT specialists take 4th place (2.97), left behind by science and education (3.19), energy and heating (3.12), and farming (3.00). Why the change?

IT market suffers from a shortage of competent employees, especially those qualified in niche areas. Frequent turnover is a fact of life and the fight to source and retain the best employees is fierce. For this reason, IT specialists do not become attached to a workplace since frequent job changes in search of better conditions become the reality of the career. Often times there is even no job search: recruitment processes are handled by professional head-hunters – Sylwia Wieteska explains.

IT specialists luck – contributing factor

What is the most prominent factor contributing to substantial job satisfaction presented by IT industry workers? Significantly, it’s relations with co-workers. Other factors include – job-post autonomy: these people are ambitious and they like to have an influence on their actions, which is boosted by the way they work.

IT specialists pay attention to perks, like the view from the window, the availability of game consoles or modern office equipment. The IT sector can be regarded as the most “pampered” one, but it is this very sector that currently shapes the work market in the most significant way.


This article is based on job satisfaction and the most important factors of professional life research data published by the badaniahr.pl portal, belonging to the Sedlak & Sedlak company.
Values presented in the article were acquired basing on the respondents answers assessing each factor on a scale of 1 to 5.