5 things you need to be happy at work



Given that a happy office life is so important, we carried out some research to find out exactly what makes UK office workers tick. The survey of 1,000 office workers, which was conducted by the independent research company Sapio, revealed the top moments of happiness and biggest pet peeves in the office. We found that 75% of UK office workers do describe their office lives as 'happy' and that 4 of the top 5 moments that contribute most to happiness in the office are priceless moments of positive social interaction and acknowledgement – which outweigh the daily pet peeves shared by the nation’s office workers.

Leading the happiness chart is receiving a ‘well done’ or ‘thank you’ from bosses or clients, with 85% of workers saying it positively affects their mood in the office. This is closely followed by the implementation of proper lunch breaks, which rank as the second most important factor at 83%. Other top happiness moments include: colleagues bringing in treats (e.g. sweets) for the office (80%) and catching up with your office friends after the weekend (74%). The only item relating to physical office provisions to make the top five of happiness-inducing moments is the relief when faulty pieces of office equipment are fixed (73%).

In line with this finding, we found that the likes of broken scanners, photocopiers and laptops topped the list of daily pet peeves for British workers with 72% of the vote. While this underlines the negative impact that out-of-date or under-serviced office equipment and facilities can have on morale, the results also show that moments of social interaction can cause a strain on the nation’s nerves in the workplace, too. Passive aggressive comments and emails were ranked the second highest pet peeve (68%), followed by unnecessary meetings (65%) and unwashed crockery left on desks (65%). Finally, office temperature is a major source for unhappiness not only during the hot summer months but also in the cold winter (64%).



Our research also found that employees working in serviced offices seem to be happier than those in traditional work spaces with happiness ratings of 88% and 72% respectively.  This is in line with the recent trend of many serviced office spaces specifically looking to foster a collaborative culture and good social interaction among their many occupants. If your looking for a new office space or interested in moving into a serviced office space,  get in touch with the Workthere team today.