Barclays publishes work happiness factors

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Good work-life balance and flexible working conditions are two of the top ten factors when it comes to happiness in your job.

That’s according to research from Barclays, launched ahead of its debate on youth employability on 15 April. The thing most likely to make people happy in their job was getting on well with colleagues – 26% of respondents cited this. It was closely followed by having a good work-life balance (24%) while flexible working conditions were seventh on the list (15%). The bank surveyed 2,000 people aged 16 and over.

It said that, after the atmosphere of a workplace, it is how valuable or important the work we do is that matters. One in five (20%) people felt that doing something they believe in makes them happy, and the same number said they were happy because what they did was useful.

The top ten factors that make people happy at work are:

  1.  I get on well with my colleagues (26%)
  2.  I have a good work life balance (24%)
  3.  It’s something I believe in (21%)
  4.  I think what I do is useful (20%) and I get to use my brain (20%)
  5.  There is a good atmosphere in the office (17%)
  6.  I am financially well rewarded (15.95%)
  7.  I have flexible working conditions (15.80%)
  8.  I feel recognised and appreciated (15%)
  9.  I am doing something challenging (14%)
  10.  I have a lot of responsibility (13%)

Kirstie Mackey, Head of LifeSkills created with Barclays, said: “It’s interesting to see that such a broad range of factors make people happy at work. It’s telling that environmental factors are so important. It’s also vital that businesses recognise what it is that employees are looking for, so that they can create a happy, engaged workforce.”

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