Phani Kumar Manyam
Hr Operations, Employee Relations, Hr Automation,
Learning & Teaching Fellow (retired)
Portfolio Management
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Good afternoon everyone,
I have a small doubt, I know that Job Engagement is different from job satisfaction and job satisfaction is different from life satisfaction. But how is life satisfaction different from job engagement.
Thank you.
Pavan Kumar.

From India, Bangalore
Dear Pawan,
If you write definitions or characteristics of all the three then you will answer that question yourself. Try and tell us what you think how they differ and we will see if that response is correct.
Have a nice day.
A retired academic in the UK

From United Kingdom
Job satisfaction refers to employee being satisfied and happy with the job- areas include like job complexity, workspace, culture etc.
Employee Engagement refers to employee being Satisfied with the company in over all aspects and has a strong bond to the company. areas include like parks?, facilities etc? how can I determine this factors?
Life Satisfaction - Could I put it this way - Personal wants getting satisfied with the returns from job. Factors like Salary meets the capacity to buy desired wants, gaining respectable position in society due to position in firm etc?
This is want i understood, and I am not able to clearly differentiate the factors that effect each.

From India, Bangalore
Dear Pavan Kumar,
Please enter all the factors that determine each of the three in different colums in an Excel table and then do a content analysis to see what are common and those that are not will help you identify the differences.
Also see <link outdated-removed> and
found at I am sure you are capable of finding links for Job Satisfaction and Employee engagement.

From United Kingdom
Deepak, I am not being rude but your post now way related to my question.
Simhan, I tried to collect them, but I am not able to much differences, I used factors listed in few PPTs to compare, and lot of articles also say that Job Satisfaction and Employee Engagement are near to similar since if an employee is satisfied he would be mostly engaged with the job.

From India, Bangalore
Dear Pavan Kumar,

Greetings for the day!

Please find the definitions below in my perspective.

Job Engagement: It is a partnership between a company and its employees. In other sense, this refers to the deep passion that an employee has towards his/her job where he feels himself responsible for all the aspects of his job. It is not necessary that all those employees who are engaged are highly satisfied with their jobs.

For an example: I came across few employees who really does their job with great passion though they are not really happy with their salary and their reporting authorities.

Few Factors that can make an Employee Engaged:
1.Understanding of job and how it contributes to overall corporate goals
2.Recognition, opportunities for advancement
3.Fair HR practices
4.Workplace culture or morale,....

Job Satisfaction: This refers to the overall satisfaction that one gets in attending the job every day. In one sense, Most of the Govt Employees are always the highly satisfied employees. Definition to this differs from person to person to understand better below are two examples:

1) An employee may be highly satisfied because of his nice pay and recognition but may not be satisfied with the office politics that come his way every day. How do we or he himself rate his overall job satisfaction level.

2) An employee may be satisfied with the work culture, colleagues and high job security but not really happy in terms of the growth perspective or salary hikes. How do we or he himself rate his overall job satisfaction level.

Life Satisfaction: This really refers to lot of things, Job, Health, Family issues, Friends,, Interests, social image, pride, the list goes on...

It does not mean all those who are highly engaged in job or satisfied with their jobs and are able to buy and do anything they want are always satisfied in their life.

Apart from the JOB and Salary there are lots of things in life. Money can never buy PEACE or HEALTH.

Even an employee who is earning very little and with no job security can be the happiest in the world with high level of LIFE SATISFACTION if he/she is CONTENDED with what ever they have.

From India, Hyderabad
Greetings Phani Kumar,
That was an interesting and mind candy stuff. It is very informative, from few more readings and researches I made now I am ready to start working with my questionnaire now.
Thanks to Simhan and Phani for bringing clarity in topic. Also, following might be informative I think:
Job Satisfied Employees are Comfortable, Content, Gratified and Pleased.
Engaged Employees are Deeply connected with their work, Work environment, Team/colleagues; Sense of Ownership and Commitment is there.

From India, Bangalore
Dear Pavan Kumar,
Now that you have started to work and think, here is a bit more help for you. You really need to read scholarly articles. For example, see Employee Feedback | What do engaged employees look like and can we clone them? and How to Increase Job Satisfaction and Improve Employee Engagement « Chart Your Course International
Have a nice day

From United Kingdom
Thank you Simhan; I suppose adding the file would also enhance the topics indetail. Simhan, the following files are a good intel into the details.
From India, Bangalore

Attached Files
File Type: pdf IMP IMP - empl. engagement.pdf (955.3 KB, 1299 views)

I have one more issue, how do we improve the satisfaction and engagement levels for an employee at machine operator level, the work is obviously monotonous.
From India, Bangalore

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