Four out of five workers happy with their jobs

20-07-2006

Four out of five workers happy with their jobs
Four out of five British workers are happy with their current employment, according to a new survey, which reveals a surprisingly content workforce within the country.

The poll for The Work Foundation found that 78 per cent of people were either very or quite satisfied with their existing job.

However, less than one in ten (nine per cent) of those questioned by the not-for-profit campaigning organisation branded their work as "meaningless."

Of the 1,089 full and part-time workers who took part in the survey, more than two thirds (69 per cent) said that their work was a source of "personal fulfillment".

But while the research unveiled a surprisingly positive attitude to work amongst many people, a number of those questioned said that their employment remained simply a means for them to make a living.

Just over half (51 per cent) of respondents described their work as a "means to an end" with The Work Foundation stressing that lower paid and lower skilled employees tended to be less satisfied with their jobs then higher salaried and skilled workers.

Commenting on the results of the survey, chief executive of The Work Foundation, Will Hutton, said that while the traditional view of work as "purely a grim economic necessity" was beginning to fade, many employers were still failing to offer more than just money in return for people's labour.

"The wage packet still matters, but there are crucially important psychological, social, and personal dividends from work, too – it is about money and meaning," said Mr Hutton.

"Employers and organisations are going to have to think much harder about the jobs they offer. Well over two-thirds of workers regard work as a source of personal fulfillment to them, but only a very few employers ever succeed in making the most of this huge personal appetite for work that more and more people have," he added.


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