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Only 12% of employees feel completely happy in their job

As Blue Monday hits the UK workforce, Sodexo Engage has unveiled new research that suggests happiness at work is lacking on more than just the most depressing day of the year.

Only 12% of employees feel completely happy in their job

When asked if their job makes them happy, only 12% of respondents could strongly agree to this statement.

Perhaps worse still, 8% of respondents strongly disagree with the statement ‘my job makes me happy’.

Whilst happiness is a complex emotion, it is well established that combined with emotional engagement productivity and a better workplace culture, employees will deliver much stronger results for employers.

"We hope that employers, managers and HR can communicate an open door policy to anyone feeling stressed, anxious or unhappy at work not only on Blue Monday, but throughout the entire year."
Iain Thomson, Director of Incentive Recognition

The research also found that:

  • 23% of respondents felt as though their needs are not considered in the workplace
  • Only a fifth (20%) of respondents said they completely understand their employers’ bigger business goals
  • 18% of male respondents were unable to say that they’re happy in their job, vs 20% of female respondents

Employers must use the opportunity of Blue Monday to encourage open, honest and appropriate conversations about employee engagement at work. Not only is it the right thing to do, it is also commercially sensible too.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that 526,000 workers suffered from work-related stress, depression or anxiety (new or long-standing) in 2016/17. In the same year, 12.5 million working days were lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety. Whilst happiness may not be at the crux of these complex conditions, it is still an important area for managers to monitor and to flag any concerns.

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REED is a specialist provider of permanent, contract, temporary and outsourced recruitment solutions, IT and HR consulting. Assisting jobseekers and employers since 1960, REED's global expertise spans Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. REED is independent, has 350 offices worldwide, employs 3,000 people and delivers a world-class service across more than 30 specialisms.

Duane Cormell


Having enjoyed the experience of working within marketing and recruitment for a national charity, Duane moved into legal recruitment several years ago after completing his Law degree at The University of Manchester. He is now the director of Realm Recruit, a legal recruitment consultancy. Realm works across the North West, Yorkshire and the West Midlands to secure legal roles at all levels. Duane is also an active member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and an ambassador for Forever Manchester.


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