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Employees in Scotland are the least happy at work

This year’s ‘State of Workplace Happiness’ report by Engaging Works reveals employees in Scotland are the least happy at work – with one in three saying they are unhappy. 

The report unveils what makes people in the UK happy at work and reveals those who work in the West Midlands, East Anglia and York and Humber are most happy at work (81%, 78% and 79% respectively).

Data from Scotland shows 72.5% are happy at work. 

The data is taken from Engaging Works’ Workplace Happiness Survey which has been taken by over 10,000 people worldwide and aims to help individuals and businesses improve workplace happiness and engagement.

The table below shows the most anxious to least anxious regions in the UK with Scotland having 29% of workers who are anxious.

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Further data shows:

  • The UK has moved from 10th to 8th place in our global ranking with Romania topping the board
  • Those working in the South West of England believe the most that more reward (pay) would make them feel happier at work.
  • A four-day working week is popular most in the South West and Wales
  • 25% of people in the North West of England believe that feeling respected more would make them happier
  • London is the most anxious region in the UK
  • The UK is made up of apostles- happy and loyal workers who would recommend their employer to others.
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“I’m pleased our 2019 report shows improvement in UK workplace happiness and I’m encouraged to see the country is made up of apostles,” says Lord Mark Price, founder of Engaging Works. 

“However, there is much to do to make UK employees happier at work.  Employers must wake up the inextricable link between happy employees and increased productivity. 

“Research shows happy and engaged employees increase productivity and profitability by 20%.  This report is a must-read for employers and employees alike”. 

Engaging Works has a number of free tools including the recently launched Business Library to help individuals become best informed with business know-how. 

With more than 80,000 business books, e-books and audio books available to buy, everyone signed up to Engaging Works will also have access to enjoy free podcasts, lectures, articles and research.

This expansion into retail is designed to help make Engaging Works the number one provider of business content in the UK.

The platform also includes Career Developer services; a CV generator; allowing employees to create and save multiple CV’s for different job applications, ultimately saving job hunters hours of time.

Additional free features include EQ and IQ tests and mentor matching.  Businesses and employees can also sign up for online coaching and the recently launched Job Services enables employers to post and target jobs and employees to find, apply and match with jobs.

Does your workplace excel at looking after its employees’ health and wellness? Nominate it now in the Workplace Wellbeing Initiative of the Year category of the Holistic Scotland Magazine Wellbeing Awards 2020.

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