Is Britain Getting Happier?
The reports have all been fairly bleak as of late: weΓÇÖre working longer hours, our creativity is stifled by productivity, and a percentage of the workforce feels psychologically threatened at the office.
But despite all this, the latest statistics show that Britain is rallying… and even getting happier.
According to a report published by the Work-Life Balance Index, more people feel that they have enough time to spend on their personal lives and are enjoying their jobs more than ever.
A survey of 2500 employees in the UK found that 58% are successful at personal pursuits, 60% are genuinely enjoying the time they spend at work and a fantastic 69% are more productive than they were in 2010.
So what has inspired this new and borderline anti-English sense of fulfilment? As we teeter on the brink of an Olympic summer, 36% of respondents noted that efforts to shorten wearying commute times to a minimum have resulted in increased feelings of positivity about life at work and at home.
Other factors identified by report publishers Regus include an increase in feelings of job security and an overall rise in business confidence in recent times.
ΓÇ£We know that a good work-life balance is essential for employees to live healthy, happy and productive lives,ΓÇ¥ says Professor of Work and Organisation for the Cranfield School of Management, Dr Clare Kelliher.
ΓÇ£The results from this report lend weight to the idea that happier staff are also more productive. At a time when all businesses are striving for growth, this serves as a reminder that employers should review their policies and practices to ensure that staff have the flexibility to achieve balance in their lives.ΓÇ¥
The results put the UKΓÇÖs happiness up by 20% over the last two years, but still keep us idling behind the rest of the world at about 104 points on the Work-Life Balance Index, where the universal average is around 124.
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