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Yorkshire workers the unhappiest

Yorkshire workers the unhappiest

Published at 5:54pm 4th January 2016. (Updated at 6:15pm 4th January 2016)

More than 30% of workers in Yorkshire are apparently unhappy in their jobs.

New research from Investors in People also reveals that 50% are looking to move jobs this year and 28% are already actively searching for new positions.

The factors which make people miserable at work include unsatisfactory pay, long hours, high workloads, poor management, feeling undervalued and a lack of career progression.

In the survey, 39% of employees said they would prefer a more flexible approach to working hours than a 3% pay rise.

Nearly a third would rather have a clear career progression route and over a quarter would rather their employer invested more in their training and development.

Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People, said: "Improved salaries over recent months means that pay is less of a gripe for UK workers. But long-standing issues around poor management and how valued people feel in their work continue to make UK workers miserable.

"We know that bad leadership alone costs the UK £39 billion a year. If employers addressed these factors, they would have a more committed workforce and far fewer resources tied up in constant recruitment drives.

"As the economy improves, many employers run the risk of losing their valuable, skilled staff."

When asked what one thing their employer could do to increase their happiness, 15% of people just wanted to be thanked more often.

Paul continued: "Small things can make a big difference. Feeling valued, understanding their role in the organisation and how they can grow with an organisation are all big concerns for UK workers.

"Saying thank you, involving employees in decisions and giving them responsibility over their work are basic ways to make staff happier, and more likely to stay. Employers also win, with a more committed workforce, higher retention and a clearer view of the future."

East Anglia has been named as the happiest region, where only 22% of workers feel unhappy.