HR · 13 November 2017

Job dissatisfaction leaves one in four workers actively seeking a new role

Fatigue and boredom were some of the most common emotions experienced by unsettled employees
Fatigue and boredom were some of the most common emotions experienced by unsettled employees

Almost one in four UK professionals are so disillusioned with their current employment that they are actively seeking a new role, according to new survey findings that reveal new levels of job dissatisfaction within Britain’s workforce.

After polling 1,200 British office workers, job site CV-Library found that 39.9 per cent of respondents were unhappy in their current role, of which 96.7 per cent admitted job hunting as a result.

Even those happily employed had experienced job dissatisfaction in the past. Overall, over two-thirds had at some point had a job that made them miserable.

So why is Britain’s workforce so unsettled? The biggest reason, cited by over a third of respondents, was that daily working life was “unfulfilling”, closely followed by a lack of development opportunities made available by their employer.

For 11.3 per cent, it came down to a simple dislike of the company.

As a result, the most common emotions experienced by employees were anger (44.2 per cent), fatigue (42.4 per cent), boredom (39.2 per cent), judgement (29.6 per cent) and sadness (26.2 per cent).

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Commenting on the research, CV-Library founder Lee Biggins said the high number of dissatisfied employees should be of concern to business owners.

“While the prospect of a wave of candidates all looking for a new job is great if you’re recruiting, it’s less positive if you’re losing members of your workforce as a result,” he warned.

“We spend too much time at work to not enjoy what we do, so it’s important that your staff are feeling happy and productive. Otherwise you could find that your employees are looking elsewhere for a more fulfilling opportunity.”

The ten industries most affected by low job satisfaction

  1. Marketing – 57.1 per cent
  2. Legal – 54.5 per cent
  3. Hospitality – 53.3 per cent
  4. Accounting – 50 per cent
  5. IT – 50 per cent
  6. Recruitment – 46.2 per cent
  7. Engineering – 44.8 per cent
  8. Charity – 43.8 per cent
  9. Agriculture – 42.9 per cent
  10. Retail – 42.1 per cent 

“It’s clear that today’s workers place importance on job satisfaction and career progression,” Biggins added.

“Make sure you’re offering regular opportunities for training and that promotions are given where staff deserve them. It’s also important that you create a happy and friendly environment for your staff. This will help to ensure you have a dedicated and long-standing workforce.”

Biggins left employers four advice points to help attract and retain talented staff

  1. Keep the lines of communication open

“When facing problems at work, the first port of call for any employee should be their manager. Operate an open door policy so that your staff know that they can approach you if they’re experiencing any problems or negative feelings. This way you can nip it in the bud before things go too far.”

  1. Shake things up

“Progression is important and employees don’t want to become stuck in the same daily routine. Be sure to offer plenty of opportunities for training and allow your workers to take on new responsibilities. This can stop their workload from becoming monotonous, which can quickly cause feelings of dissatisfaction amongst employees.“

  1. Create a great company culture

“Company culture is extremely important. Your workplace needs to have a friendly and open environment, and ultimately, be a place where staff enjoy coming to work. This will help to attract new recruits, but also retain talented members of the team for longer.”

  1. Strengthen your employer brand

“When recruiting, be sure to offer the best possible packages you can. Also consider your website and any tools you’re using to recruit. How do they portray your business? You want to establish yourself as a great place to work after-all. You can shout about this on your site, your social media channels and through any job adverts you post.”

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Simon Caldwell is a reporter for Business Advice. He has a BA in politics and communications from the University of Liverpool, and previously worked as a content editor in the ecommerce industry.

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