Friends key to career happiness

17-01-2007

Friends key to career happiness
Friendly relations with workmates play a larger part in helping British workers to enjoy their job than money, a new survey shows.

A considerable 73 per cent of respondents to the survey from Chiumento said that workplace friendships were a key reason for them enjoying their job, compared to 48 per cent who cited money.

Those working at smaller companies were found to be most likely to be happy, with 86 per cent of employees working for organisations with between 20 and 100 staff feeling happy compared to 78 per cent of employees at companies with more than 100 staff.

Chief executive Sarah Chiumento said: "Organisations might question the relevance of employee happiness, but a happy employee is likely to be more productive and perform better than an unhappy employee."

One in five employees questioned by the firm described themselves as unhappy, while a quarter said that they were very happy at work.

Ms Chiumento added: "Business should not ignore the value of good relationships at work. Simple ways to boost happiness include treating staff fairly, ensuring communication is good, and fostering a positive atmosphere."


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