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Happiness hits year-long low amongst UK workers

Happiness hits year-long low amongst UK workers
A quarter (22.8%) of UK workers are unhappy in their current job, and would not recommend their employer (27%) - according to new research from recruitment consultant Badenoch & Clark. A further fifth (21.9%) stated that the dominant reason they went to work was due to routine, with one in ten (10.3%) motivated to work by spiralling debt.
The survey, which has tracked happiness since 2007, found that a further third (30.5%) were neither happy nor unhappy, demonstrating ambivalence within the UK workplace. This is in stark contrast to figures released last year, when 78% of UK workers reported high levels of happiness at work. Change in government, cuts, and continued recession are all contributing factors to a dip in workforce morale.
The research is published as the Prime Minister, David Cameron, moves to create a standardised happiness index, which would measure the wellbeing of the UKs workers, attempting to prove that there is more to life than money, and shift focus from GDP to GWB (General Well Being).
Workers in key professional sectors, such as finance and law, are experiencing the greatest unhappiness, with over a third (35.3%) of lawyers, and a quarter of finance professionals saying they are unhappy in their current role. This reflects this studys findings last year, which suggested that two thirds of employees in banking and financial services (63%) were considering plans to change jobs in 2010.
In the latest survey, a quarter of lawyers (27%) declared their views on their workplace, stating they were highly unlikely to recommend their organisation as a place to work.
Heidi Waddington, Associate Director at Badenoch & Clark said: The relative decline of happiness in the workplace over the past year can be attributed to a number of factors: the VAT rise, the rise in inflation and the recession are all hitting workers hard. Longer hours and lack of job security mean that happiness at work is remarkably low.
Economic uncertainty over the past year has put tremendous pressure on employees. This trend is particularly evident in professional services, which has resulted in heightened intensity in the workplace and increasingly poor morale.
It is important that organisations foster an environment where their employees are able to develop a strong sense of self worth. Failure to do so may result in loss of talent, which in turn will lead to loss of potential revenue. Our findings demonstrate that happiness is high on the agenda for many UK workers and is emerging as the critical business issue of our time.


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