The UK workforce has a productivity gap. Research has revealed that almost half, 48 percent, of employees are regularly not happy while at work. A University of Warwick Study claims happy workers are 12% more productive, and the study makes happiness in the workplace an important factor in closing the productivity gap. Several factors can affect happiness in the workplace. Workers under thirty seem to be less happy overall with their positions, and happiness increase with age. Happiness also increases with seniority and workplace benefits, and encouragement. Mangers are encouraged to take these factors into account to help address happiness and productivity.
- Happy workers are more productive than unhappy workers. Millennials tend to be more unhappy at work then their older colleagues.
- Millennials expressed that they would feel happier if instant rewards would be offered.
- In order to increase workplace happiness companies should seek to increase engagement of the frontline workers, who tend to feel neglected.
“Findings unveiled today reveal that a shocking 48 per cent of employees are not often happy at work and that almost one in five are rarely or never happy at work.”