1 in 10 say Job is Horrible

1 in 10 say Job is Horrible

Horrible Work

A study by business consultants Lee Hecht Harrison | Penna has revealed that 9% of UK workers (almost one in ten) would go as far as to describe their job as ‘horrible’.

LHH Penna surveyed 2,000 people, and 36% of respondents (more than a third) expressed some sort of negative feeling about their role. 14% (one in seven) said they associated their job with feeling unhappy.

The survey also shows that women are more likely than men to get anxious about work. 25% of women said they got stressed at work, compared to 16% of men, and 20% of all respondents.

The happiest workers are to be found in London, where 31% expressed negative feelings about work; while the least happy section of the UK’s workforce is in South West England, where 42% have negative thoughts towards the work environment.

LHH Penna chief executive Nick Goldberg said:

“With our working life and private life becoming increasingly integrated, negativity and unhappiness at work can easily spill over and become all consuming.
“While it is encouraging to see that 38% of employees have only positive things to say about work, our research also shows that more needs to be done by both the employee and employer to improve workplace happiness. Today marks a good day for employees to ask themselves if they are truly happy at work, and if not ask themselves why and what steps they can take to address it.”

Do you think your job is ‘horrible’? Or, even if you wouldn’t go as far as to say that, is work causing you undue stress? Some degree of stress is to be expected in any role, especially for people in management positions, but your work shouldn’t be so stressful that it starts affecting your life outside of the office, and your personal relationships.

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There may however be other ways you can become happier at work. Apart from leaving your company for pastures new, Mr Goldberg suggests four possible strategies:

  • Allocate some time for social, family and other non-work activities
  • Start socialising with work colleagues
  • Ask at work whether you can take in new responsibilities or tasks
  • Talk to your boss about how you feel, and see what suggestions they have to make work a happier place for you

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