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HR – Britons Happy With Life, Not Work

The UK is home to one of the most dissatisfied workforces in Europe following a two percentage point fall in employee engagement levels over the last year, according to Gallup’s latest State of the Global Workplace Report.

Employee engagement among UK workers has declined steadily over the last decade. Just 9% of UK workers feel enthused by their work and workplace today, compared to 16% in Germany and 33% in Romania, home to Europe’s most engaged workforce.

Across Europe, just 14% of people feel engaged with their work, with rates also dipping below 10% in Spain, France and Italy. This compares to average engagement levels of 33% in North America and 27% in South Asia.

Workplaces with high employee engagement achieve higher productivity, better customer relationships, lower employee turnover and higher profitability.

Despite low levels of employee engagement, Gallup’s report reveals that Britons still feel they enjoy a good quality of life. Although not as high as in Finland, where 84% of people think they are thriving, the UK at 60% (down one point on the year) outperforms most other European countries for life satisfaction, including Germany (56%), France (43%) and Spain (41%).

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