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Brits reveal what brings them the most joy at work: from helping others, to receiving praise from their manager

Do you know what brings your employees joy in the workplace?

According to a brand new study from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library, professionals are most happy when they complete a task with no faults (52.6%), help others (41.9%), test their skills on a difficult task (30.5%) and receive praise from their manager (27.7%).

The study of 2,000 UK professionals found that professionals also feel a spark of happiness when they receive a compliment from a colleague (24.8%) and when they’re given a leading role on a project (18.8%). The full list is below:

  • Completing a task with no faults (52.6%)
  • Helping others (41.9%)
  • Testing your skills on a difficult task (30.5%)
  • Receiving praise from your manager (27.7%)
  • Receiving a compliment from a colleague (24.8%)
  • Being given the leading role on a project (18.8%)
  • Leaving at the end of the day (17.3%)
  • Getting to work on time (15.3%)
  • Taking maximum breaks and leaving on time (5.4%)
  • Having little work to do (3.8%)

Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library comments: “We spend so much of our time at work, so it’s important that your employees enjoy what they do and get on well with the people they work with. 

“Creating a great company culture, where professionals are encouraged to help one another, are recognised for their hard work and are constantly striving to be the best is important and employers play a crucial role in establishing this.”

Interestingly, 18-24 year olds were most keen to receive praise from their manager (25.2%), while 45-54 year olds were most likely to feel good when they’re helping others (47.8%).

In addition to this, 55-64 year olds were most likely to feel joy when they complete a task with no faults and one in five (21.2%) 25-34 year olds when they leave work at the end of the day.

Biggins continues: “With the average UK workplace now facilitating up to four different generation, it’s important to understand how the needs of your employees may vary by age.

“Getting to know your workers and arranging monthly one-to-one catch-ups where you can discuss their progress and wellbeing can work wonders, particularly when it comes to staff retention.”

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