Employees want flexible hours and friendly co-workers

27-07-2007

Employees want flexible hours and friendly co-workers
A happy member of staff will be one who is able to work flexible hours and who has good relationships with their colleagues, new research suggests.

According to a survey conducted by SkillSoft, the online learning provider, 48 per cent of personnel cite "working with people I like" as a contributing factor to their well-being while at work.

A further 41 per cent of the 5,100 employees questioned said that "feeling liked by my colleagues" is also important, while 35 per cent said that they were more concerned about getting on with their peers than their superiors.

Commenting on the findings, Kay Baldwin-Evans, director of research at SkillSoft, said: "Our survey shows that to create a contented workforce, organisations need to foster a friendly and supportive working environment; demonstrate to employees that they are valued; and promote a healthy work-life balance by finding ways to allow people more flexibility."

In addition, the survey also found that over a third of respondents said that they would speak to a colleague if they were unhappy about something at work, while just two per cent would speak to a supervisor or manager.

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