HR professionals the unhappiest

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In brand new findings released this week, it has been revealed that HR professionals based in the UK are among the unhappiest employees around, rating their happiness levels on par with those in the banking and finance sector.

The findings of the Career Happiness Index 2012* by vocational training organisation, City and Guilds, found that after looking into what workers consider to be the most important factors contributing to their happiness at work, HR consistently falls short.

So what’s poisoning the waterhole? Lack of flexibility and career progression are the key factors.

  • Some 54% of HR professionals claim there isn't enough flexibility in their job role
  • Half of the HR professionals surveyed believe that there is little or no scope for career progression
  • Just 36% said that they feel they are satisfied with the career progression where they are working.

The index found that despite HR professionals being paid well, and the change-agents of an organisation, the high-pressure work environments aren’t providing fulfilment.

So who is happy at work? People in vocationally trained and skills-based jobs, such as hairdressers, gardeners, plumbers and electricians, were happiest – some 65% compared to 58% of those in professional, white collar or office-based jobs.

*The data is from an October 2012 online survey of 2,179 UK employees

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