Every year City & Guilds, the UK’s leading authority on vocational education and training issues, compiles the Happiness Index annually to track the satisfaction and fulfilment of the country’s workforce. It is an eagerly awaited event. The happiness index for 2008 has just been released in June. It surveys 1,000 UK employees across a range of professions to guage how satisfied they are at work.
Employers were also surveyed to see if there was a difference in opinion. Employers have been urged to focus on training and introduce flexi- timing to increase job satisfaction.
Almost five million Brits admitted to a touch of ergophobia (fear of work) , with some of the nation’s top earners, lawyers and bankers, dreading the morning alarm clock the most.
Leading organisational psychologist Cary Cooper has analysed the findings from the City & Guilds Happiness Index to help employers understand what makes people happy in the workplace.
The top 3 reasons for being happy at work are:
1. An interest in what you do for a living
2. Good relationships with colleagues
3. Having a work-life balance
Recent research calculates the direct cost of recruitment at between £4000 - £6000 for managers and professionals (The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development). If you are an employer, then there is a huge potential cost saving if you can hang onto your employees.
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