A recent survey of over 2,000 people carried out by the distance learning organisation Stonebridge has found that the self-employed are the happiest, followed by managers in retail and wholesale. Interestingly, apprentices also scored highly in this survey, which concluded that 16-24 year olds were the happiest age group at work. An article on the findings can be found here on the Total Professions website.
Despite all this positive information, the research also revealed that a not-inconsiderable 4 out of 10 respondents classed themselves as unhappy at work and ‘inability to progress’ was cited as the number one cause of work dissatisfaction.
I wondered how this compared with our experiences of working with clients. Undoubtedly a lack of progression opportunities is a major reason for concern but I am always amazed by the amount of times that relationships with colleagues (and often line management) are the predominant catalyst for clients seeking guidance. Perhaps we should conclude that more emphasis on training management in leadership style and skills – so that they are able to form good relationships with their staff and actively help and encourage them to progress at work – would be the best way of ensuring happiness is increased.