A majority of UK business owners are happier than their workers, as employees believe the mental health support they receive in their workplace is inadequate – according to a report by OfficeGenie.co.uk.
The Workplace Happiness Report, which surveyed over 2,000 office workers, revealed that bosses rank 4.20/5 in the report’s ‘happiness scale’ – 25% higher than low-level employees.
Indeed, junior staff appear to be the unhappiest in their role, coming in at 3.40/5, while the average employee stands at 3.63/5.
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Employees being overworked (47%) is cited as the biggest cause of stress by those surveyed, followed by a lack of control over the role (25%), and not feeling fulfilled (25%) – with junior staff particularly falling victim to the latter two.
When quizzed about what would improve their mental health, 67% of workers cited a pay rise, followed by flexible hours (33%) and increased bonuses (33%).
However, despite a strong desire for more flexibility, 46% of business owners don’t offer their employees the chance to work from home, despite the fact 74% of them believe it would improve their happiness in work.
It’s suggested physical improvements within the office could also help with mental improvements in workers’ minds, as 33% believe feeling comfortable with the design of their space led to increased wellbeing.
Interestingly, 40% of respondents feel they don’t have sufficient levels of privacy in work, with those in open-plan offices the least happy employees.
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