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Almost half of workers unhappy with their job, says survey

You may be delighted to hear that it's only a minority of people who hate their job. Unfortunately, it's about as big a minority as it's possible to be.

Some 49 per cent of 2,000 workers surveyed by banking firm Kalixa Pro said that they hated their job so much that they were considering changing careers. Seven out of ten of them intended to find more rewarding careers under self-employment.

One in five surveyed found their work meaningless and stressful, and a quarter of those said that as a result they were 'poor employees'.

Low engagement damages performance

Such responses demonstrate just how important engagement is for a productive workforce - and by consequence, what a negative impact unhappy staff could have on business performance.

Organisations with high engagement scores are said to be able to generate twice the profit, two-and-a-half times the growth, 18 per cent higher productivity and a 40 percent reduction in employee turnover rates.

The lesson for employers is plain. A workforce which knows, understands, and values its role; which has a voice that is listened to; which has an outlet for creative thinking and innovation; which enjoys a communicative, trustful and respectful relationship with its managers, is far more likely to be engaged, loyal, happy and productive.

Acas publications and services

Acas offers practical training courses to help you improve the motivation and engagement of your people. Courses listed under Staff retention include those designed to tackle 'toxic workplace cultures', and to put the key components of employee engagement into place.

Skills for supervisors training will nurture the management skills of your team needed for improved employment relations, while Stress courses will help you build employee resilience, and manage and minimise stress in the workplace.

Acas experts can also visit your organisation and review the effectiveness of existing arrangements in relation to workplace stress, apply the HSE Stress Indicator Tool to your situation, and produce and action plan to identify and address organisational stress risks. See Stress: how Acas can help for more details.

The Stress: how Acas can help is aimed at helping you improve employee engagement in your organisation.

For free, impartial advice on flexible working, call the Acas Helpline on 0300 123 1100 or consult Acas Helpline Online.

Visit the Acas Training Courses, Workshops and Projects area for more information.


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