Positive work relationships 'most important for employee happiness'

Tuesday 5 February 2013

Business

Positive relationships are one of the most important factors when it comes to feeling good in the workplace, new research has found.

Forty-two per cent of employees surveyed in a new Simplyhealth  and Samaritans survey consider this to be one of the two most important things for enjoying work.

In addition, 40 per cent said that enjoying a good work-life balance was one of their two top priorities for feeling good in the office.

However, the importance of a good work-life balance varied with age. In the 35-44 age group, 47 per cent cited this as key, compared to just 32 per cent of those aged 18-24.

What's more, having a good work-life balance makes more men (41 per cent) feel good than women (38 per cent).

Meanwhile, just 26 per cent of people placed as much importance on receiving praise, and 14 per cent said achieving goals and hitting targets were one of the most important things for them.

Team activities and away days were the least popular option when it came to making employees feel good in the workplace.

Director for fundraising and communications at Samaritans, Rachel Kirby Rider, commented: "Samaritans understands how interacting with people is really important and so it is interesting to see that having positive relationships tops the poll of making people feel good at work."

Posted by Alex Boardman