Why job purpose is key to a successful career in Life Sciences

With almost 75% of UK workers referencing a sense of purpose as the biggest driver when it comes to finding a new job, we understand the importance of matching candidates with positions that will fulfil them. We spoke with consultants from Real Staffing’s permanent Life Sciences team to find out more.

The importance of job satisfaction

You could be forgiven for assuming that salary is the biggest career motivator for most people, however new research suggests that a strong sense of purpose and job satisfaction are also huge drivers across the board. According to this study, almost half (48%) of baby boomers would prioritise purpose over increased pay or a better job title, whereas only 38% of Generation X and 30% of millennials would agree with this. Perhaps this could be due to the financial stability and experience baby boomers are likely to have.

According to research from ‘Investors in People’, employee disengagement could be costing the UK £340 billion a year, with 45% of employees believing they would be more productive if they enjoyed their jobs more. With this in mind, it’s important for employers to ensure their employees have a clear purpose within their job.

The correlation of purpose and happiness

It’s fairly straight forward; job satisfaction directly impacts personal happiness, which improves productivity. If a company can incorporate strategies to ensure employees feel they have purpose in their role, this can help benefit long-term company goals.

Real Staffing’s Robbie Holton explains the impact of driving purpose when finding positions for candidates, ’I placed an Operations Director at a Global Diagnostics company, he needed the opportunity to work closer to home to enable him to spend more time caring for his wife who was diagnosed with MS in 2014. He’s one of only a handful of experts in the country with both the necessary scientific knowledge, as well as the strategic and commercial experience. By matching him to this role, he was able to gain purpose from his career, by making a difference to the world, while still being able commit himself to being able to care for his wife at home’. Providing people with purpose is what we do best, and it’s because of this that our team established the #InspiredByYou campaign.

The vision of Real Staffing’s #InspiredByYou

If we want to be successful in providing our candidates with opportunities that give them purpose, it’s important that we practice what we preach. Our team at Real are driven by a passion to support life-changing industries that help shape the future of healthcare. Real Staffing’s consultant Robert Steel explains, “Since the introduction of #InspiredByYou, I’ve taken the time to appreciate the long-term impact my work has had towards the happiness and motivation of UK Life Sciences leaders. A lot of my candidates are usually in jobs they’re unhappy with or not focusing on the areas they want to develop in. I’m driven in my role everyday knowing that by placing these professionals in their next role, I’m impacting the future of the industry”.

With the Real Staffing Life Science’s team adopting this cultural mentality, it means the team are also fulfilling their own purpose. By placing outstanding candidates in jobs that really make a difference, we’re contributing to a ground breaking industry, something that’s truly rewarding.

At Real, we really get to know all of our candidates so that we have all the information we need to identify which roles will offer true job satisfaction for each individual. Building relationships with the candidates and clients we work with allows us to create life changing partnerships that offer a real sense of purpose. If you’re looking to find your next role, take a look at our current vacancies and allow us to find you a role that offers fulfilment.

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