45% of Singaporeans are unhappy at work: what about you?

45% of Singaporeans are unhappy at work: what about you?

SG Gazette·2018-01-23 16:50

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Are you happy at work? 

If you aren't, don't worry, you aren't alone. Unfortunately, according to a recent survey, almost one in two Singaporeans (45 per cent) were found to be unhappy at work.

Having ample opportunities in career development and training as well as mutual trust in management are often key to keeping one happy at work. However, some 700 respondents who participated in JobStreet.com’s Job Happiness Index 2017 from July to August 2017, felt a lack of both when asked to rate their job satisfaction. 

A large number of respondents polled were at executive level, or were job seekers from across a number of industries, including manufacturing and production, banking and finance, hospitality and civil service. According to country manager Chew Siew Mee of JobStreet.com Singapore, when careers begin to stagnate, employees will not derive any satisfaction from their work and start to reset it.

Giving said employees challenges and high-levelled responsibilities to upgrade their skill sets would be helpful in keeping them happy, she said.

The survey also took into consideration the flatter structure of organisations at the moment, whereby employees tend to stay in certain positions longer. Employers can thus consider giving them more responsibilities, or moving them to different departments so they may gain more skills.

Despite the worrying percentage, there is still a slight improvement from 2016’s numbers. Back in 2016, Singapore had scored 4.09 on a 10-point scale - the 2017 index placed the country at 4.31. Yes, Singaporeans have been unhappy at work for quite a while. 

Of the 55 per cent who are neutral of happy at work, the reasons listed were work location, good colleagues and company reputation, in that order. Other factors that kept them happy included transport subsidies, workplace flexibility, salary increment and additional job perks.

Another number from the poll is that millennials (36 per cent) are shown to be happier than non-millennials (30 per cent) in their jobs. Experts concluded from the survey that giving flexible hours and work-from-home policies to millennials will help to keep them happy, as they “care most about flexibility.”

What about you? What would make you happy at work? 

(Image Credit/s: AccTrust Recruit, Human Resources Online, Living in Singapore)

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