Ten per cent of workers can’t stand colleagues

July 19, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

One in ten people cannot stand the people they work with, a study found yesterday.

The shocking stat emerged in a study carried out among 4,000 workers, which also revealed six out of ten Brits are currently ‘unhappy’ in their job.

Researchers also found a third feel ‘completely unappreciated’ in their current role and 63 per cent – or more than 18 MILLION workers, want to change careers as soon as possible.

Unhappy or unhelpful colleagues, long hours and poor pay were the biggest bugbears.

Three out of ten even went as far as to say they felt ‘completely unchallenged’ in their job.

The research of 4,000 workers was carried out by www.chrysaliscourses.co.uk, which offer training courses for careers in Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy and Counselling.

Yesterday a spokesman for Chrysalis said: ”It’s sad to think so many people are unhappy in their job and are heading into work each day wishing they were somewhere else.

”The results of the survey are quite shocking – many don’t feel appreciated by their managers, or even worse, don’t get on with their work colleagues.

”Bearing in mind we spend the majority of our week at work, it’s important to have a healthy and happy work environment.

”A large number of people are not being given the opportunity to live up to their potential at work, but just imagine the productivity gains that could be achieved if UK businesses stepped up their commitment to developing their employees’ skills.

”Instead, we’re left with lacklustre performances in the office with a significant number admitting to drifting away from the task at hand and becoming less committed to the organisations they work for.”

The study also found four out of ten are completely bored in their current role and 35 per cent claim the hard work they do isn’t appreciated.

Another 28 per cent said their talents and skills were going to waste while 15 per cent wished they were in a job which helped people or ‘made a difference’.

One in five employees have reached ‘boiling point’ and plan to up and leave within the next six months.

Four out of ten would walk out today if they had something better to go to.

A third of those polled said they had been deliberately unhelpful or obstructive to a manager, colleague or customer due to their unhappiness.

One in five said they have no loyalty to the organisation they work for, and one in five reckon they could do a better job than their boss.

Sadly seven per cent said the only highlight of their day was checking job listings and employment websites, and a third have an updated CV ready to go.

But unhappiness in the workplace has left 45 per cent grumpy at home, four in ten have a less get-up-and-go attitude, while one in five admit they’re not the outgoing person they used to be.

It emerged one in six would consider seeing a counsellor to improve their career.

The spokesman added: ”A change in career doesn’t have to be a massive upheaval, but if workers are desperately looking for more of a challenge or a way out, then there is help.

”There’s a saying that ‘work is the exchange of your liberty for money’.

”What our survey seems to show is that for many people, work holds nothing more than that. We’re a society that’s itching to change meaningless drudgery for something which feeds our souls.”


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