How happy are UK workers compared to those in Europe?
With a lot of discussion about the importance of focusing on managing stress at work, you might stop to wonder how happy workers in the UK are. In a study of over 9,900 working adults across Europe, management service company ADP explored the attitudes of employees towards the future of work.
The survey, carried out in July 2016 by research agency Opinion Matters, took a sample of working adults from eight key economies across Europe, including France,Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.
Where can we find the happiest employees?
Levels of job satisfaction vary significantly across Europe, according to the research. Dutch, Polish and Swiss employees are the most satisfied, whilst the UK comes joint fifth.
In the UK, satisfaction levels also differ greatly across regions; three quarters of those based in the East are satisfied (75%), whilst only 59% of employees in Northern Ireland are satisfied.
In the UK, those working in architecture, engineering and building are the most satisfied (84%), whilst IT & Telecoms workers fare well across Europe and the UK. In the UK, those working in financial services are the least satisfied (57%) – the lowest level of job satisfaction overall. In contrast, 71% of financial services employees in other European countries are satisfied.
Jeff Phipps, managing director at ADP UK, said: “It is positive to see that satisfaction levels are generally high across Europe, suggesting that most people are engaged in their work and feel fulfilled.
“However, even in higher scoring industries and countries there is no room for complacency. The very best businesses are focusing their efforts on the ‘whole person’ ensuring that their people feel valued, have a sense of purpose and that their well-being is supported.
“Employee satisfaction has long been acknowledged to have major implications for innovation, productivity and customer experience.”
Sleep and Fatigue: Director’s Briefing
Fatigue is common amongst the population, but particularly among those working abnormal hours, and can arise from excessive working time or poorly designed shift patterns. It is also related to workload, in that workers are more easily fatigued if their work is machine-paced, complex or monotonous.
This free director’s briefing contains:
- Key points;
- Recommendations for employers;
- Case law;
- Legal duties.