Appreciation rather than salary is key to the happiness of UK employees, a survey suggests.
The poll found 80% of workers said feeling appreciated is important to their happiness at work – ahead of salary (58%) and feeling trusted (55%).
The survey also revealed less than half (45%) of employees said they feel appreciated and only two-thirds (67%) said they are happy at work.
The Happy Office Survey, from office design consultants Peldon Rose, rates the happiest sectors to work in. Construction and manufacturing top the league table with 78% saying they are happy at work, followed by media and communications (72%), and hospitality and leisure (72%).
At the bottom of the league table is retail, with only 54% of retail workers reporting that they are happy at work, below IT and telecoms (66%) and education (67%).
The so-called Generation Z (18-24 year olds) are the happiest of the age groups, with 72% saying that they are happy at work, versus 67% nationally.
The Gen Zs are much more likely to think a good company culture (71% vs 48% nationally) and a great office environment (66% vs 49% nationally) are important to their happiness at work.
Jitesh Patel, chief executive at Peldon Rose, said happy workers will be more productive and creative and more likely to be loyal to their employers.
“To improve happiness levels, it is vital that employers demonstrate their appreciation to their employees by investing in training and development, tools and technology and the right office environment,” he added.
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