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Sky-High Salaries Fail To Please UK Workers

As UK workers face rising living costs and ever-longer working hours, they are sending a surprising message to their employers: the size of payslips does not guarantee happiness and fulfilment at work.
According to the fifth annual City & Guilds Happiness Index published today, financial rewards are not the answer to job satisfaction. Instead, having an interest in what you do for a living is the number one factor for ensuring on-the-job contentment. Happiness levels remain constant regardless of salary.
A keen interest in the job not only secures workplace happiness but is the main reason for workers in the UK choosing to stay with their employer:
·         57 per cent of us have remained with our present employer as a result of a strong interest in what we do for a living
·         56 per cent stay because of good relationships with colleagues
·         48 per cent of the UK’s workforce appreciates their work / life balance
·         In contrast, only 44 per cent of us remain in the job as a direct result of salary
These factors have led beauty therapists to push hairdressers off the top spot in the 2008 Happiness Index, with one in three registering a happiness level of 10 out of 10. At the other end of the scale builders and bankers were the least happy with their working lives.
Rather than modernising and expanding their reward packages in line with employee expectations, the City & Guilds Happiness Index shows that employers’ offerings are out of touch. While 43 per cent of managers offer bonuses, only one in five are adopting flexible working practices, despite work-life balance being a demonstrated, major driver of happiness at work. Tellingly, only one in 10 managers allow their employees to work from home.
Bob Coates, Managing Director of City & Guilds said:
“With a clear impact on the bottom line, improving workplace happiness is rising up the business agenda and employers cannot afford to ignore it.  Companies can no longer rely on those established reward and recognition policies that fail to resonate with employees and do little to combat stress levels in the workplace. By taking such a blinkered approach, they risk the rise of an unmotivated and unproductive workforce, and even potentially losing their staff to competitors.”
Professor Cary Cooper, Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University, worked with City & Guilds to analyse the findings of the Happiness Index, providing employers with advice on how to improve happiness levels among their staff. Commenting on the findings, Professor Cooper said:

“The City & Guilds Happiness Index provides a call to action for the business community to rethink its reward and recognition strategies and consider employees’ needs on an individual basis. It marks the end of an era for organisation wide HR policies. From now on a flexible approach is needed if businesses are to create a happy, and by association productive, workforce.”

The UK’s happiest worker profile
Beauty Therapist
Over 60 years old
From North East
The UK’s unhappiest worker profile
40-49 year old
From Northern Ireland

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