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Are you happy at work? Could your employer do more?
Three-quarters of education professionals say being happy at work is most important, but majority think their employer could do more
How supportive are you of your employees’ wellbeing? According to the latest research from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, three-quarters of education professionals (74.3%) say being happy is the most important part of a job, but 91.8% feel their employer could do more to improve morale in the workplace.
What’s more, the study, which surveyed 2,300 UK professionals, reveals that workers in the industry think being happy is more important than salary (15.6%) and location (9.2%) when it comes to happiness at work.
Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, comments: “It’s important for employees to feel happy at work, not only for their personal wellbeing, but also for your business output. Long-term unhappiness simply isn’t sustainable or healthy for the mental health of your employees, plus it can impact their productivity and efficiency.
“So, if you think you’re doing all you can to keep your staff happy, you may want to think again. Try to improve morale by scheduling in regular catch-ups with your teams, offering the right perks and encouraging a healthy work-life balance. After all, you want to create a company culture that everyone, yourself included, wants to be a part of.”
The research also reveals that 60% of education professionals feel happy on a regular basis. Indeed, when asked what contributes the most to their happiness, 67.9% said their family. This is followed by friendships (53.2%), their love life (50.5%) and health (33%). Interestingly, money and work (both 22.9%) play less of a part.
However, when asked what makes them feel unhappy, nearly a third (31.2%) said work.
Biggins continues: “If you think that offering a pay rise will settle any unwanted issues, then you’re in for a nasty surprise. Everyone is driven by different factors, so you’ll need to tailor your approach to each individual. Whether it’s offering flexible hours to an employee with a young family, or setting up buddy systems for new starters who want to have friendships at work, you can make a huge difference to the happiness of your staff.
“That said, it’s important to remember that you can’t keep everyone happy, all of the time. If an employee decides to leave the business, you shouldn’t fret for long, as there are plenty of ways to attract new candidates to your vacancies. So, don’t hold back and get advertising your new roles, now!”