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UK Workers Unhappy Despite More Time Off

UK Workers Unhappy Despite More Time Off

Britain is often affectionately referred to as a nation of complainers.

If itΓÇÖs not the weather, then itΓÇÖs the public transport system. If itΓÇÖs not the government, then itΓÇÖs how many hours we spend at work.

But recent statistics suggest that we may in fact be enjoying all this complaining a little too much…

More Holidays, Less Work…

Over the last 20 years, working hours have dropped and the number of holidays taken has skyrocketed ΓÇô and yet more and more people report dissatisfaction with their working hours.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) released information yesterday revealing that in the last two decades, the number of people working part-time hours in the UK has risen by 6.8% as the number of people working over 45 hours a week has fallen by 4.8%.

At the same time, the number of holidays taken for leisure or to visit loved ones both in the UK and abroad has risen from around 25,000 a year to over 148 million.

…But Britain Sings the Blues

ΓÇ£Do we live to work or work to live?ΓÇ¥ the ΓÇÿMeasuring National Well-being ΓÇô What We DoΓÇÖ report asked of its readers yesterday. ΓÇ£Getting the right balance between work and leisure is important in determining the well-being of the nation.ΓÇ¥

But although the numbers seem to be more in our favour now than ever before, 48% of respondents claim that their overall well-being is negatively impacted by the time they spend working.

So why are we so unhappy with our working hours when we spend more time away from the office now than at any other time in recent history? ONS numbers suggest that what we choose to do with our spare time could be a factor:

ΓÇó 9 out of every 10 people in the UK get home only to watch TV

ΓÇó Just 54% engage in any sort of physical activity outside of work

ΓÇó Volunteering and charitable activities are at their lowest point in a decade

Not All Doom and Gloom

The best news in the report is that 77.8% of working adults are ΓÇÿsomewhatΓÇÖ, ΓÇÿmostlyΓÇÖ or ΓÇÿcompletelyΓÇÖ happy with their jobs ΓÇô reflecting a steady year-on-year rise in job satisfaction across the UK.

So maybe thatΓÇÖs why weΓÇÖre so miserable away from the office…?

Elsewhere on the Blog…

ΓÇó Three in Ten Employees Suffer Psychologically at Work

ΓÇó Britain: Land of the Rich and Stressed?

ΓÇó 89% Bad Bosses Demotivating the Workforce

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