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What can be done to improve wellbeing at work?

Work can be the area of our lives that we're least happy with, according to findings recently released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS). So what can be done to improve our wellbeing and contentment at work?


The study surveyed 4,200 adults about their happiness across a range of different areas, such as personal relationships, children and health, asking them to score their contentment on a scale of 0-10. Three-quarters of respondents scored their overall life happiness at 7 out of 10 or above, but mean scores for happiness with work were markedly lower, at just 6.7. 

The findings have helped to push work wellbeing and employee engagement up the political agenda.

It's long been recognised that work can have a positive impact on our health and wellbeing, and research has shown that healthy and well-motivated employees also tend to have an equally positive impact on the productivity and effectiveness of a business. Key factors in influencing our happiness at work are relationships between line managers and employees, employee engagement, awareness of and support with occupational health issues and the potential for flexible working.

Acas can work with you to help you improve the health and wellbeing of your staff and develop practical solutions, and provides advice and guidance on flexible working.

Visit the Acas training and business solutions page for more information.

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