Workforce, Pensions and Training

08.10.19

Being happier at work: More sociable hours, fewer hours and a ‘thank you’

Public sector membership club Boundless has revealed statistics ahead of National Work Life Week which suggest money is not the only key to a happier work life.

The research, which polled over 2,000 UK workers in both the public and private sector, asked employees what would make them happier in their job.

A higher salary, perhaps not surprisingly, came out top on 67 per cent but other answers suggested a work-life balance and greater appreciation for the job they do are vitally important to happiness in the workplace.

The results showed:

  • Almost a quarter (23%) said more sociable hours would make them happier in their job – which increases to almost 3 in 10 (27%) for NHS workers and 4 in 10 (41 per cent) for police officers.
  • Almost three in ten (29%) said working fewer hours would make them happier.
  • More than half (52%) said being thanked, either by their boss or the public, would increase job satisfaction.
  • Only a third of fire fighters said more money would make them happier at work – being thanked by the public ranked just as highly.
  • Less than 8 per cent said nothing could make them happier in their job – but the figure was almost 11 per cent in education.
  • Those in the private sector were more focused on money (70%) than those in the public sector (63%).

Boundless spokesperson Darren Milton said: Of course money plays an important part in job satisfaction but in National Work Life Week we should really be considering what other issues need to be tackled to keep people happy at work.

“Working more sociable hours and having a better work-life balance is clearly important to people, judging by our survey.

READ MORE: Britain gets behind Boundless' Public Service Day campaign

READ MORE: Public sector and civil service club announces first female association chair in 45 years

“In addition, more than half in the public sector say they feel under-appreciated and more than a quarter told us that being thanked by the public would make them happier in their work.

“That’s higher than the result returned for working fewer hours - it’s something to think about during National Work Life Week.”

The statistics also showed:

  • 59 per cent of public sector workers say they don’t feel appreciated enough by the public.
  • 26 per cent of public sector workers said being thanked by the public would make them happier in their job – higher than the result for working fewer hours.
  • 21 per cent of teachers have never been thanked - and the rest have gone 65 days without a thank you.
  • 10 per cent of police have never been thanked – the remainder have gone 30 days without a thank you.

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

public sector executive tv

more videos >

latest public sector news

120 NPH leaders call for HS2 to be delivered in full

27/01/2020120 NPH leaders call for HS2 to be delivered in full

Over 120 senior business leaders from within the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands have signed an open letter to Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, ur... more >
The Northern Powerhouse and clarifying northern policy

24/01/2020The Northern Powerhouse and clarifying northern policy

Sam Plum, chief executive of Barrow Borough Council spoke to PSE about the Northern Powerhouse and why it needs more clarity if it’s going ... more >
WMCA push forward CAV agenda with proposed ‘data marketplace’

23/01/2020WMCA push forward CAV agenda with proposed ‘data marketplace’

West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has moved ahead in the plan to create a commercially viable platform for the exchange of data, to further... more >

editor's comment

25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not be a feature that more perfectly encapsulates this... read more >

last word

Prevention: Investing for the future

Prevention: Investing for the future

Rob Whiteman, CEO at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA), discusses the benefits of long-term preventative investment. Rising demand, reducing resource – this has been th... more > more last word articles >
120 NPH leaders call for HS2 to be delivered in full

27/01/2020120 NPH leaders call for HS2 to be delivered in full

Over 120 senior business leaders from within the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands have signed an open letter to Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, urging him to commit to HS2 in full. The letter... more >
The Northern Powerhouse and clarifying northern policy

24/01/2020The Northern Powerhouse and clarifying northern policy

Sam Plum, chief executive of Barrow Borough Council spoke to PSE about the Northern Powerhouse and why it needs more clarity if it’s going to influence local strategy. -------- Th... more >

the raven's daily blog

Utilising data to best deliver meaningful public services

14/11/2019Utilising data to best deliver meaningful public services

Public Sector Executive’s Matt Roberts explains how living in a modern, interconnected world, as we do, means public sector organisations cannot afford to ignore the role of data. Data is all around us in the modern age. Unseen, the digital environment plays a role in near on every aspect of our lives. It influences, manages and mit... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >

comment

Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Being on the receiving end of some “thanks” can make communit... more >
How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

19/06/2019How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

Tom Chance, director at the National Community Land Trust Network, argues that community-led initiatives are a productive way of helping to solve... more >
Aberdeen's green transport fleet attracting international attention

19/06/2019Aberdeen's green transport fleet attracting international attention

Aberdeen City Council’s hydrogen spokesperson, councillor Philip Bell, highlights the Granite City’s determination to play a leading ... more >
A fifth of public sector workers have never received a thank you from the people they serve

13/06/2019A fifth of public sector workers have never received a thank you from the people they serve

A fifth of the country’s public sector workers say they have NEVER received a ‘thank you’ for doing their job as Public Service... more >

interviews

Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17/12/2018Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need to invest in technology to help make better use of their resources. Bu... more >
Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

17/12/2018Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

One of the public sector’s key technology partners has recently welcomed a new member to its team. Matt Spencer, O2’s head of public ... more >
New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

05/11/2018New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

The new chief executive of one of the new unitary authorities in Dorset has outlined his approach to culture and work with employees, arguing tha... more >
Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

15/10/2018Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

On 6 September, the biggest decision-makers of the north joined forces to celebrate and debate how to drive innovation and improvement through th... more >

public sector focus

View all News