In the modern working environment, more and more employers are finally catching on to the fact that for any member of staff to perform to their peak potential, factors such as happiness and job satisfaction are of paramount importance. A dissatisfied worker will quickly lose motivation and thereby productivity, and may also have a detrimental effect on the mind-set of their colleagues, allowing the problem to propagate throughout the company. Wherever this issue is present, the company as a whole suffers.

A new survey recently published by recruitment specialists Robert Half has now highlighted the true extent of this issue in the UK, as it reveals that the UK sits firmly among those countries with the lowest levels of job satisfaction in the world, falling far behind much of Europe in this regard.

Robert Half partnered on the study with Nic Marks of Happiness Works, a leading happiness and wellbeing expert. Together the two organisations evaluated happiness levels among more than 23,000 working professionals throughout Europe, North America, and Australia.

Of the countries included in the study, the United States, Germany, and the Netherlands were found to be home to the happiest workforces with scores of 71.8, 71.2, and 69.9 respectively. These scores are based upon an index from 0 to 100, where 0 is the worst possible outcome and 100 is the most favourable.

At the other end of the scale lies France with a score of just 63.8, closely followed by Belgium and the UK, which were given scores of 65.2 and 67.2 respectively.

The study also broke down the results to reveal the biggest drivers of workplace satisfaction, which show clear variation across different countries. For example, in the United States, UK and Canada, the highest-ranking factors are having pride in one’s organisation, feeling appreciated, and then being treated with fairness and respect. In France, Belgium, Germany and Australia, being treated with fairness and respect is cited as the top happiness factor, while workers in the Netherlands named a sense of accomplishment as the most important driver of happiness in the workplace. While they all follow similar trends, the difference is still apparent when you get down to the specifics.

The study also states that the happiest age group in the working environment is those between the ages of 18 and 34, the happiest company size consists of 100-249 members of staff, the happiest role is that of a senior executive, and the happiest fields are those in marketing and creative industries.

Phil Sheridan, senior managing director at Robert Half, said of the study and its results, “Employee happiness is closely connected to organisational productivity and innovation. Happy employees are typically more engaged and driven to succeed, creating a positive and high performing work environment.

“By taking the time to offer feedback and show sincere signs of appreciation, employers can increase employee engagement and satisfaction, leading to higher levels of happiness in the workplace.”


Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor in an attempt to expand his horizons.
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