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A regional breakdown of workplace happiness in Britain

A new study has assessed how British employees feel about their jobs, resulting in a nationwide workplace happiness breakdown.
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Robert Half UK tied up with Happiness Works to determine the level of workplace happiness in the UK.

It was found that 77 per cent of workers in Yorkshire and the Humber are happy at work, surging past the national average of 63 per cent to make the region the UK leader for workplace happiness.

The reason locals feel so much workplace happiness is down to a combination of factors. Some 88 per cent get on with their team, 74 per cent find their roles interesting, 72 per cent have good friends among colleagues and 38 per cent cite less stress.

By comparison, those in Scotland and the South of England had the lowest levels of workplace happiness, below average, with 56 per cent and 60 per cent respectively.

Reasons cited for feeling unhappy were put down to dull work, no good friends alongside them and clashing with team members. That said, 63 per cent of Scottish workers and 65 per cent of those in the south claim to have a decent work-life balance.

The full rundown of regional workplace happiness:

Yorkshire and the Humber

70%

East of England

66%

Midlands

65%

North

63%

London

63%

South

60%

Scotland

56%

 

“While employee happiness levels may vary across the UK, the bottom line remains the same. Happiness is an individual experience and one solution may not work for everybody,” said Phil Sheridan, senior MD, Robert Half UK.

Stress

Workers in London are the most stressed, with 35 per cent admitting they feel the burden of their jobs – above national average of 31 per cent.

Appreciation

The Northern Powerhouse is most likely to offer staff recognition, with more than half of staff in Manchester, Liverpool and Lancaster claiming they feel valued by bosses.

Workers in the East of England feel neglected though, as 28 per cent of staff in areas including Peterborough, Cambridge and Norwich feel their efforts go unnoticed.

Meaning

In keeping with its position as top in the UK for workplace happiness, 73 per cent of those in Yorkshire and the Humber feel their work is meaningful – something that plummets to 14 per cent in the south. 

Sheridan continued: “Happy employees are more engaged, interested and committed. All organisations that want to be successful must make it a priority to introduce policies and initiatives that improve team rapport, make employees feel fulfilled and improve how happy workers feel in their job on a day-to-day basis.”

He added that the report found there are six key factors that can determine workplace happiness.

(1) Make sure recruits fit the job and company culture

(2) Empower staff to build confidence and make them invested in duties

(3) Prove their hard work is appreciated to encourage loyalty

(4) Staff that consider work worthwhile are 2.5 times more happier

(5) Employees should feel seen and heard, so fairness is key

(6) Teamwork will improve communication and collaboration, so foster relationships

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Zen Terrelonge

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