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U.K. Office Workers Are Less Happy Than Counterparts Around the World, Survey Shows

U.K. Office Workers Are Less Happy Than Counterparts Around the World, Survey Shows

A new survey released by coworking real estate company MindSpace shows just 76% of U.K. workers said they were happy or very happy with their jobs, compared to an average of 84% among seven countries surveyed

Maayan Manela | 16:54  16.02.2020

Office workers in the U.K. are less happy with their jobs compared to counterparts in other countries, according to a survey released earlier this month by Israeli coworking real estate company MindSpace Ltd. Of those questioned, just 76% of U.K. workers said they were happy or very happy with their jobs, compared to an average of 84% among the countries surveyed.

For the survey, conducted on behalf of MindSpace by London-based marketing research company OnePoll, 5,000 office workers in seven countries—the U.S., the U.K., Germany, the Netherlands, Israel, Poland, and Romania—were questioned.

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Israeli and German workers tied, with 81% of those questioned in each country saying they were happy or very happy with their jobs, compared to 94% in the U.S., 91% in the Netherlands, and 83% in Poland.

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Of those who are self-employed, 73% said they were happy with their jobs compared to just 25% of employees. In general, the survey showed men tend to be happier in their jobs than women, except in Poland. Age was also a factor, with millennials reporting their satisfaction to be higher than that of workers aged 40-50. Rank appears to bring joy, too, with 45% of managers and business owners reporting they were happy, compared to 27% of general employees.

Of the people who said they were very happy with their jobs, 75% said they had a strong sense of purpose, 90% said they felt valued, and 70% said their workplace was flexible.

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