Are you happy at work?

50% of the world's population hates their jobs. In the UK, 70% of our workforce do not like their job - 70%! Or, if you go by the Gallup poll, then a whopping 85% are not experiencing job satisfaction.


Does that sound like you?

What do you do?

How does that question make you feel? The question 'what do you do?' is hated by 70% of the UK workforce. The words 'what do you do?' make them feel unhappy, angry, or embarrassed, because they want to love their job and be proud to tell people what they do. Your job is your identity. It is a reflection of you.

70% of the people working in this country hate their job and don’t feel engaged because of varying reasons, including poor workplace culture, bullying, harassment, lack of recognition, lack of appreciation, long hours, no career progression, not enough pay, work-life balance, the effect on personal life-exercise, routine, discipline, and no passion for the role.

Being unhappy with your job can lead to stress, losing sleep, gaining weight, and absenteeism. It is becoming common now for people to end up sick, depressed, divorced, abusing substances, etc. because they're unhappy with their jobs or careers but, 70% of us stay in jobs we don’t like.

Does this sound like you? It is quite likely that I am talking to you.

We spend one-third (or more) of our days at work. Work defines us as people, i.e. when we aren't happy at work, other areas of our life suffer. Yet, more than 70% of workers say they don't feel satisfied with their career choices and are not happy at work. They say they want to reach their potential, climb the hierarchy, or leave the 9-5 rat race, and some even want to start up their own business, but they are still not making that change.

You are still not making that change.

Man at work

What will your life be like in five years time if you do not make the professional change?

In five years, you will have made no progress, which will lead to procrastinating, poor motivation, and poor time management, because you will be doing a job you do not like. Your communication skills will decrease, making it easier for people to walk over you, and you will struggle to be positive, meaning that you are not enjoying life or peace of mind. Your relationships will struggle as a result, with you struggling to be positive to your partner. You won’t be exercising regularly, and you will have poor eating habits. You will feel like you have no sense of purpose.

How do I know?

I know from personal experience; not only have I lived it, but this is also what clients tell me when they initially come for coaching - "I want to find my sense of purpose".

Being happy at work brings;

  • better decision making
  • creative problem solving
  • flexibility
  • improved productivity

Happiness at work has a range of benefits for how our brains work and think. When we’re happier, we tend not to focus on the negatives or stressors as much, allowing more room to think about how to positively get on with challenges (Brockis, 2019).

Not sure if you are really unhappy at work or just part of the culture thinking they are? Complete the questionnaire below;

1. I know what is expected of me at work

2. I have the material and equipment I need to do my work right

3. At work, I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day

4. In the last seven days, I have received recognition or praise for doing good work

5. My supervisor, or someone at work, seems to care about me as a person

6. There is someone at work who encourages my development

7. At work, my opinions seem to count

8. The mission or purpose of my company makes me feel my job is important

9. My associates or fellow employees are committed to doing quality work

10. I have a best friend at work

11. In the last six months, someone at work has talked to me about my progress

12. This last year, I have had opportunities at work to learn and grow

Happiness at work is vital for our well-being. If you want to make that change and are not sure how, contact a coach today.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Life Coach Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

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Written by Damian Duguid
Shepherds Bush, London, W12

My name is Damian Duguid and I am a success coach. I work with education professionals who are ready to make a change in their lives.
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