Workers in Denmark are the most satisfied nation in Europe, so how can we learn from them and improve job satisfaction in the UK?
According to research published by Eurobarometer, 94% of workers in Denmark are satisfied with their working conditions. Austrians and Belgians came in a close second and third in terms of workforce happiness. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Greece was at the other end of the scale, with just 38% happy with their working conditions and a paltry 16% agreeing that their country was a good place to work.
In general, Danish workers benefit from:
Last but not least, they have their own word for happiness at work – arbejdsglæde – that says it all doesn’t it?
While salary is important, the amount you pay your staff doesn’t appear to be the overriding factor when it comes to job satisfaction. We’ve mentioned this before, but a new survey supports this and adds weight to the reasons why Danish workers are generally happy.
The research by office supplies company Viking found that social events, flexible working and company updates are just as important as a pay rise. It revealed that fewer than 60% of UK workers are satisfied at work, but in companies where workers had regular team outings (only 5% of those surveyed), their workplace satisfaction was much higher, at 85%. Similarly, satisfaction ratings were higher than the average if workers were encouraged to take training courses (22% higher) or if their company regularly shared and discussed information with them (15% higher).
It also found that more than 1/3 of employees are unhappy for more than half of the working day and that the top reasons were not:
They worked out that spending £266 on training and £190 on outings per employee could increase happiness by up to 35%.