Happiness at Work

Workplace happiness levels have fallen by almost 20% in the past three years

Today, only 41% of the workforce are happy most of the time at work, down from 43% in 2018 and 51% in 2017. The research is part of our Hapi survey, which asks UK employees about their happiness, enthusiasm, pride and efficiency at work. The results show a clear picture of the state of dissatisfaction in UK workplaces.

The Hapi survey results were also benchmarked against data of approximately 41,000 employee responses from engagement-orientated businesses.*

The results show a downward trend over the past three years as employees seem to be feeling more and more unhappy at work. Both employees’ keenness to get to work in the mornings and their enthusiasm for their job have decreased by 11% over the past two years.

However, it might not be all doom and gloom for UK workers. Happiness and pride are the twin pillars of productivity, and while the UK is still struggling on the happiness front, UK employees’ pride in their work has remained steadily above 80% and has increased by 2.44% from 2018 to 2019 (82 % to 84%). So, although there is still much to be done when it comes to happiness in the UK workplace, we remain proud of our workplace accomplishments.

Deborah Frost, Chief Executive of Personal Group added: “These survey results paint a bleak picture of the UK workplace in 2019. It is clear that ongoing dissatisfaction, lack of recognition and pride in the workplace are resulting in unhappy employees and reduced levels of productivity.

If companies across the UK want to remain competitive, it’s vital that they take the time to listen to their employees to understand their priorities and issues, and then use this information to craft a valuable employee engagement strategy which drives happiness and satisfaction.”

68% UK Company Owners

63% self employed happy

41% workers happy

Women are more enthusiastic

52% think work is worthwhile

54% women job important

54% efficiency

13% UK senior managers

79% can't recall

45% positive

83% frontline employees

77% self employed

58% are proud

47% rarely keen to get to work

73% feel proud

1 in 2 employees

47% uk workforce surveyed

41% enthusiastic about job

 * those which have robust employee engagement initiatives implemented

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