Positive People – Employee Happiness Up In Last Year But Still Room For Improvement
Despite increased challenges in the workplace, employee happiness rose 7% in 2013 according to a report by workplace performance specialists Purple Cubed.
Workplace performance specialists Purple Cubed have released the latest review of data from their wonderful Talent ToolboxTM system. With over 45,000 employees using the system, Purple Cubed releases an annual report on the state of employee happiness and we’ve taken a look over the latest results.
Employee happiness is the main indicator of how well an organisation is doing in terms of looking after its staff and the fact that this figure has risen should be reassuring to UK employers. 71% of employees said that they were happy in the last year, up from the 64% that were happy at work in 2012.
The best year in recent times for employee happiness was in 2008, when three in four workers were happy at work. That figure was before the recession, however, and the financial crisis saw the percentage of employees happy in the workplace fall from 75% to 53% between 2008 and 2009. Since then, the figure has steadily risen and is now at its highest point since before the recession.
The latest increase in employee happiness may surprise some, however, as it comes at a time when employees are reporting more and more challenges at work as well as more staff at risk of leaving their employer.
67% of employees said they faced challenges at work in 2013, up from 2012’s figure of 50%. The challenges being faced included a lack of mentoring, underperforming colleagues and having their time poorly managed. This correlated with an increase in the risk of employees leaving their jobs with 2% more classed as high risk than in 2012 and 2% more likewise classed as a medium risk of leaving.
Purple Cubed identified several ways in which employers could deal with the challenges being faced by their staff and ensure that their employees stay with the company. Improving the mentoring offered to employees and considering the fact that English may be a second language for employees were among the ways in which organisations could help their staff and reduce the risk of departures.
Having a winning employee benefits package was also noted as a way in which employers can keep their staff as happy or even happier as they were in 2013. There were calls for more personalised benefits packages, such as those employee benefits packages provided here by DAM, and for further consultation about what should go in an employee benefits package.
One other way workers say they would be happier was with – unsurprisingly! – fair pay.
Another interesting stat from the research was that just 57% of those polled said they were getting the right balance between home and work life. Employers that address that balance and ensure their staff are working hours that they are happy with could enjoy a very successful year and see their own staff happier than the average in the coming year.
Happy employees make for a happy employer!
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