Yorkshire and the Humber is the happiest place to work, according to a new survey of British workers.
The survey shows that employees in Yorkshire and the Humber are the happiest employees in Britain. Overall, 77% of those questioned in the region say they are happy at work, well above the national average of 63%.
People from Yorkshire and the Humber find their work more interesting (74%), get on with their team (88%), have good friends in the office (72%) and suffer less stress (38%).
Least happy are those in the South of England and Scotland. In the South, 17% of employees say they are unhappy at work and one in six say their work is not interesting. More than a quarter of those in the South (27%) don't have good friends in the office or don't get on with their teams and one in seven (14%) in Scotland feel the same.
Other key findings reveal:
- Londoners have the most influence at work, but are the most stressed. Half of employees in the capital say they influence decision-making and 71% get a sense of accomplishment from their work, compared to a national average of 63%. However, 35% of Londoners say their job is stressful, higher than the national average of 31%.
- More than half of those in Manchester, Liverpool and Lancaster feel valued by their employers but those in the East of England feel under-appreciated, with 28% of employees in cities like Peterborough, Cambridge and Norwich not feeling recognised for their efforts.
- Only 59% of employees in the East feel they are treated fairly, below the national average of 67%.
A new report by Robert Half, The secrets of the happiest companies and employees, identifies six universal factors that directly affect employee happiness including positive work relationships, appreciation, fairness and empowerment.