Two thirds of Manchester workers are unhappy

Date: 14/02/2018
Author: CV - Library
Company: CV-Library

While some may be feeling the love this Valentine’s Day, recent research from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job site, has found that the majority of professionals in Manchester have fallen out of love with their jobs. In fact, almost two-thirds (61.3%) confessed that they aren’t happy in their current roles, despite 92.8% believing that it’s important to love what you do.

The survey of over 1,200 workers sought to reveal how professionals felt about their current jobs.  Despite many being unhappy in their roles, half (50.6%) of those in Manchester agreed that quitting isn’t always the best solution. When asked to identify why they dislike their position, respondents cited the following:

  1. Poor company culture – 33.3%
  2. No room for progression – 31.1%
  3. Not being paid enough – 28.9%
  4. Having a long commute – 17.8%
  5. Poor work-life balance – 15.6%

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, comments: “It’s worrying to learn that so many professionals in Manchester are unhappy in their current roles. Job satisfaction plays an important part of keeping staff motivated and productive. As an employer, it’s vital that you are able to spot the signs of dissatisfaction or low morale and combat these issues right away. Tackling these early on can help to get staff back on track and start enjoying their work again.

“It’s clear that company culture, pay and progression are important to Manchester’s professionals. Be sure that you’re offering fair and competitive packages and that these tie in with creating a great working environment. Hosting social events is a great way to help staff blow off steam and build good relationships with their co-workers. This also goes a long way towards creating a great company culture.”

Interestingly, 59.5% of professionals in Manchester said that you should always take positive steps to try and make things better before you give up on your job. Respondents revealed what they believe are the top ways to address problems at work, with speaking to your manager (63.3%) coming out on top. This was followed by reflecting on what’s making you unhappy (53.2%) and speaking to a trusted colleague (26%). 

Biggins concludes: It’s great to see that professionals in Manchester aren’t giving up without a fight, with many recognising that quitting is not always the answer. Being able to speak openly about your job is important and as such, employers need to keep the lines of communication open if they hope to address any issues in a timely and effective manner.”

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