The UK has one of lowest levels of staff satisfaction, ranking sixth in an international study of employee happiness, according to research released by global recruitment consultancy Robert Half.
Working alongside happiness and well-being expert Nic Marks of Happiness Works, Marks’ team evaluated the levels of employee happiness among more than 23,000 working professionals across Europe, North America and Australia.
The report shows the United States, Germany and the Netherlands have the happiest employees, ranking 71.8, 71.2 and 69.9, respectively, on a scale of 0-100, with 100 being the happiest.
The countries studied with the lowest levels of employee happiness are France (63.8), Belgium (65.2) and the UK (67.2).
The research also indicates the top drivers of employee happiness vary by country. In the United States, UK and Canada, the highest-ranking factors are having pride in one’s organisation, feeling appreciated and being treated with fairness and respect.
Phil Sheridan, senior managing director at Robert Half UK, UAE and South America said: “Employee happiness is closely connected to organisational productivity and innovation. Happy employees are typically more engaged and driven to succeed, creating a positive and high performing work environment. By taking the time to offer feedback and show sincere signs of appreciation, employers can increase employee engagement and satisfaction, leading to higher levels of happiness in the workplace.”
In France, Belgium, Germany and Australia, being treated with fairness and respect is the top happiness factor. In the Netherlands, a sense of accomplishment is the most important driver of happiness.
Download Robert Half’s report here