Survey puts UK in 8th “happiest” place
The Times reports that if you want to be happy at work move to Romania, not Scotland, according to a survey published on Monday.
In Scotland 27.5 per cent of employees are unhappy in their work, compared with 26 per cent in the northeast of England, 25 per cent in Wales, 24 per cent in London and 21 per cent in Yorkshire and Humberside.
The data, from a global survey of more than 10,000 people by Engaging Works, a service that aims to improve workplaces, puts the UK as eighth happiest, up from tenth last year. Romania, Belgium and Italy are the most delightful places to work, the survey found.
Methods of coping with stress varied. Londoners were most likely to go to the gym, walk the office dog or use a mindfulness app. Those in the west of England went for a walk while those in the northwest phoned a loved one for support. London was the most anxious part in the UK and the southeast the least anxious.
The top ten industries for wellbeing at work was headed by legal services, business and management and marketing and advertising.
Asked what would make them happier at work, those in the southwest of England said higher pay, Londoners wanted to feel more empowered, get paid more and have a shorter working week. Workers in Wales also said a four-day working week would make them happier. In Northern Ireland they wanted more perks at work.
The report divided employees into apostles, anarchists, martyrs and individualists. Luckily for businesses, the research suggested that overall there were more apostles, who are happy and loyal, than anarchists, who are unhappy and disengaged.
Lord Price, former managing director of Waitrose and founder of Engaging Works, said: “There is much to do to make UK employees happier at work. Employers must wake up to the inextricable link between happy employees and increased productivity. Research shows happy and engaged employees increase profitability by 20 per cent”.