Survey piles on the misery as office workers reveal the depths of their despair

Yet another survey points to the discontent of UK’s office based workforce, following hot on the heels of the happiness reader poll conducted by Personnel Today and the Happiness Index research by City & Guilds.

The aptly – if not entirely originally – named Happiness at Work Index survey, conducted by recruitment consultancy Badenoch & Clark, found one in four employees dissatisfied with their office jobs.

The survey, of more than 1,000 office workers revealed that nearly seven in 10 lawyers claim to be ‘very happy’ at work, compared with only 28% happy Brits working in IT and telecoms.

The gender divide showed that (28%) men are unhappier at work than (22%) women, while six in 10 respondents would rather work for a female boss.

Bristol trumps London as the city with the happiest workers with 59% and 56% respectively, while only 37% of those working in Manchester claim to be content.

Neil Wilson, managing director of Badenoch & Clark said: “Employers need to be aware that a significant number of their employees are currently unhappy at work, possibly even contemplating a change in companies.

“Attracting and retaining talent is one of the biggest challenges facing UK management, particularly in markets where skills are in high demand. It’s essential that employers understand what motivates and enthuses their workforce,” he said.

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