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25% of Employees are Unhappy at Work

Author: Adi Gaskell
Published: October 06, 2011 at 10:56 am

do you love your job?Less than 1/3 of employees are currently happy at work. That's according to new research by recruitment agency Badenoch & Clark.

The companies Happiness at Work Index reported that high morale had dropped from 46.6% last year to just 36.5%.

Employee motivation is low due to the lack of opportunities for a pay rise and high job losses it is thought.

This is coupled with the fact that people are expected to do more in less time, often taking on the roles of other employees who have left and not been replaced.

The survey also found that one in four employees would describe themselves as distinctly unhappy at work.

Nicola Linkleter, managing director of Badenoch & Clark, said: "As the results of the Prime Minister's initial research into the UK's happiness demonstrated earlier this summer, happiness at work is as high on the agenda as ever before. With work cited as a top five concern for UK citizens, workplace morale must be addressed as a critical business issue.

"The fluctuation in workplace happiness over this year can be attributed to a number of factors, including longer hours, increased financial strain at work and home, and reticence from senior management to invest in additional talent. Coupled with a lack of tangible job security, happiness at work is remarkably low, and must be dealt with as a priority issue.

"Organisations must now take action to create a working environment where employees are able to develop a sense that their work is both valuable and valued. Failure to do so may result in loss of talent, which in turn may lead to loss of potential revenue."
Researchers found that unhappiness at work is a consistent trend across most of the UK, though dissatisfaction is most prevalent in the East Midlands, where 36.4 per cent report low levels of morale.

A recent investigation into happiness through the analysis of tweets found that millions of people around the world wake up happy, endure a miserable day, and then see their happiness peak later in the evening.



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Article Author: Adi Gaskell

A writer on management issues for publications such as Professional Manager, CMI, HRM Today, Business Works and Technorati. I also cover social media for Social Media Today, DZone and Social Business News.

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