UK: We have a (fulfilment) problem, says Randstad report

A new report by Randstad UK suggests that almost 10m UK workers are unhappy with their current employer.

Thu, 10 Oct 2013A new report by Randstad UK suggests that almost 10m UK workers are unhappy with their current employer.

A third (33%) of 2,000 workers surveyed for Randstad UK’s [email protected] report said they were not satisfied with their current employer, indicating that across the UK 9.85m people are professionally dissatisfied.

The research also indicated that UK workers are less professionally fulfilled than their peers internationally, with workers in France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand all expressing higher levels of job satisfaction.

Speaking at an event in London last night (9 October) to launch the report and Randstad’s new programme to help UK workers achieve professional fulfilment, Mark Bull, chief executive officer Randstad UK, said that the UK’s record was “regrettably, not particularly great”.

A short film showed how four individuals had turned their lives around by finding fulfilling work.  

Central to Randstad’s programme to boost UK job fulfilment is its new website How I Became, which features stories of Randstad candidates who eventually found a satisfying career. “The key is following your passion, but it doesn’t mean that it is straightforward or easy,” said Bull.

The report highlights the ramifications of unfulfilled employees on the UK economy. These include low productivity, absenteeism and the cost of replacing staff that leave.

The [email protected] report offers practical solutions on how to increase UK job fulfilment levels.

These include providing employees with greater variety and autonomy in their work, employing more women, as well as more older and younger workers.

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