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  • 36% of UK workers are unhappy in their job, according to the world’s most comprehensive study on work happiness
  • Two thirds (67%) of the North West workforce admit their workplace unhappiness has negatively impacted their physical and/or mental well-being
  • Education is the country’s happiest industry while workers in real estate are the unhappiest
  • Slough – the famed destination of The Office – houses the happiest workers in the UK, with Stevenage home to the unhappiest
  • The research marks the launch of Indeed’s Work Happiness Score – the world’s largest study of workplace happiness – developed by the global job site, Indeed, with guidance from experts from the University of Oxford and University of California


More than a third (36%) of the UK workforce is unhappy in their job, according to the world’s largest study of work happiness.


Education stands out as the happiest industry followed closely by aerospace and defense, and government and public administration. While at the other end of the scale, real estate is the unhappiest, followed by management and consulting, and automotive.


This data has been released from Indeed’s Work Happiness Score which currently displays data for over 1,800 organisations in the UK across 25 different sectors. The score reveals how people feel at work and why, measuring happiness by allowing current and former employees to rate companies on a scale of one to five based on a simple statement: “I feel happy at work most of the time.”


The score, which has so far had more than 170,000 UK responses and 6M globally, considers factors of Belonging; Appreciation; Inclusion; Support; Purpose; Energy; Learning; Achievement; Trust; Flexibility; Compensation; Stress Level; Satisfaction and Manager Support.


The Work Happiness Score was developed with guidance from Dr Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, Professor of Economics at Saïd Business School and Director of the Wellbeing Research Centre at Oxford University, and Dr Sonja Lyubomirsky, Professor of Psychology at University of California.


Supporting research of 2,000 British employees found the average worker spends a fifth of every year feeling unhappy in their role and more worryingly, one in 10 (11%) even start feeling unhappy less than six months into a new job.


But it seems unhappiness in the workplace isn’t restricted to 9-5 – it has a knock on effect on Britons’ personal lives too. In the survey, over a quarter (27%) of workers in the North West admit they struggle to find enjoyment in other aspects of their lives due to feeling unhappy at work, while nearly one in five (18%) have taken work frustrations out on their partners.


Two thirds (67%) agreed that their workplace unhappiness has negatively impacted their physical and/or mental well-being, with 46% losing sleep and 42% lacking energy. A third (33%) of unhappy workers have consequently experienced physical symptoms, with extreme fatigue (65%) the most common ailment and 63% experiencing headaches and migraines.


But while the pandemic threw the jobs market into disarray, for some it was a time of great realisation. It gave nearly a quarter (23%) a chance to reflect on their current career, find a new perspective post-pandemic (20%) and re-evaluate how happy they feel at work.


Prompted by the pandemic, over two fifths of workers (43%) now feel more motivated to make changes to their career and find more happiness at work, stating that a higher salary (34%), better work-life balance (21%), and more praise and recognition (21%) will be sought out during their job search. In fact, 92% who are planning to leave their current job believe happiness in their next role is important.


Proving why it’s so important, being happy at work can lead to a myriad of benefits including less stress and pressure (36%), improved mental health (31%) and experiencing more enjoyment out of life (27%).


LaFawn Davis, Senior Vice President, Environmental, Social & Governance at Indeed said: Happiness should not be a privilege but when it comes to work, it’s a fundamental right. Measuring happiness is key to understanding employee experience and creating happier organisations, which is why Indeed worked with experts to develop the Work Happiness Score. It offers further transparency to help job seekers and employers make better choices and build a better world of work. For employers, this means taking a holistic approach to employee wellbeing, and our Work Happiness Score will make it easier for them to measure drivers of happiness to see where improvements can be made. For jobseekers, the feature provides key insights into work environments where they will be happiest.


Dr Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, Professor of Economics and Director of the Wellbeing Research Centre at Oxford University said: Happiness at work is critical to people’s wellbeing but it is also a driver of their productivity and success. So employers are well advised to get the emotional pulse of their organisation and have a frequent measure of workplace happiness. That’s why I’m thrilled to have been involved in developing Indeed’s Work Happiness Score to offer employers and employees robust measures of work happiness, and its drivers, that can be readily compared across thousands of organisations. As someone who has spent years of my career studying well being, I am excited to see how these publicly available survey results will change how people choose jobs and how employers build workplace cultures. This is only the beginning and I’m so excited to witness the positive impact this score has on fostering happy and thriving workforces across the UK and globally”



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