Happiness at work has a significant impact on life outside of work, and employees are generally happier when they feel valued in the business. However, according to a survey by Perkbox, 45 per cent of employees say their place of work does not have anything in place to help reduce stress levels and improve their mental health.
In light of this, and ahead of International Week of Happiness at Work (23rd – 27th September), Instant Offices has delved into the importance of boosting employee satisfaction and happiness in the workplace.
The top five reasons why employees look to hand in their notices:
- Low salary (35%)
- Job tenure (23%)
- Monotonous or boring work (22%)
- Job location or length of commute (20%)
- Disapproval of their boss or line manager (18%)
Other factors having a significant effect on employee satisfaction and happiness:
Lack of work-life balance
It has been reported that while Brits spend more time at work, the UK has one of the lowest productivity levels. In fact, studies reveal that only 45 per cent of Brits feel they have a good work-life balance.
Recent research from the Office of National Statistics reveals that women are more likely to leave their job because of a long commute.
In London, the average worker takes 92 minutes to commute to their job, while Nice in France was ranked the best city for commuting.
The fabric of a happy workplace
While mental health, wellbeing and creating a better work-life continues to be at the forefront of both employees and employers’ minds when it comes to seeking jobs and employee retention, here are some key factors that businesses can prioritise:
- Employee recognition
- Good work-life balance
- Flexible working options
- Diversity and inclusion
- Focus on mental health
- Office design
- Noise management
- Access to people and resources