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So much of our lives are taken up with work that at the very
least we should be able to derive some pleasure or reward from
it. A salary isn’t enough, our jobs should challenge us,
motivate us and ultimately contribute to our overall happiness.

But what makes people happy at work?

As tech evolves and AI begins to replace more elements of work,
we need to reevaluate how we build out our organizational
structures and look at what will attract people to certain
jobs, companies, and industries.

New research by careers marketplace Jobbio looks at what
motivates people in their roles, how they see technology
affecting their future and what makes them happy in the
workplace.


The Jobbio #WorkHappy Index
 shows that promoting a
good work-life balance is the top marker of a good employer for
2018, followed by offering competitive salaries and being
forthcoming with praise and rewards. Flexible working hours was
chosen as the one thing people would improve about their
current roles in the UK while more job perks topped the list in
the US.

The report also reveals that US workers are happier in their
roles than their UK counterparts with 32% saying they’re always
happy compared to just 23% of Brits. This is despite the fact
that US workers take fewer holiday days than those in the UK
with just 55% using all their holiday entitlement. This figure
rises to 84% in the UK.

When it came to the impact of technology on the future of work,
Brits were again more pessimistic than their US equivalents
with 15% of UK adults expecting that just a minority of roles
will see an increase in salary and the majority will decrease,
while 10% think there will be a decrease in all roles.
Stateside, 28% of employed adults think salaries are likely to
increase for all as technology becomes more prevalent, while
25% think they will increase for the majority of roles but
decrease for a minority.

In terms of improving efficiency, meetings were rated the
biggest waste of time for UK workers (28%) while in the US it
was covering for absenteeism (19%). Other time drains were
administration and reporting to management, although 23% of
people said their time was not wasted at work.

So what can you do to keep your employees happy?

After a paid bonus, flexible working hours were the most
sought-after perk in the UK with healthcare and a dental plan
taking the top spot in the US. If you’re looking for a more
cost-effective solution, encouraging clients to offer feedback
might be one viable option as the report indicates that praise
from customers outranks praise from management in what makes
people happy at work.

Another way to keep employees engaged and challenged is to
offer training and course subsidies. This not only shows your
staff that you’re invested in their development it also
improves the quality of the team’s output as they develop their
skillset.

The skills respondents believe make candidates more employable
as work evolves are IT competency, communication, creativity,
and coding.

Want to learn more about workplace happiness?
Download the full report.

About the author: Aoife Geary is a Content
Creator at Jobbio specializing in the areas of
Workplace Culture, Diversity, Startups and Digital Trends.
She’s fond of a burrito and even more fond of a bad
pun.