Miserable at work?

Perhaps not as dissatisfied as Boris Johnson whose resignation highlights UK levels of job dissatisfaction.

New research reveals that had Boris Johnson made it to the second anniversary of his appointment as Foreign Secretary this Friday then he’d likely have spent 1722 hours, equivalent to almost 72 days dissatisfied in his role.

Leading UK job site Fish4jobs has calculated that a third of Brits (32%) spend half their annual working hours, an average of 861 hours and 12 mins each year[1], dissatisfied at work. Over a lifetime that adds up to a staggering six years and six months that people spend dissatisfied in their jobs, and job dissatisfaction doesn’t escape people in the public eye either.


Gareth Southgate is just 18 months in and might be enjoying his role now, but if he’s like the rest of us Brits, then he may still have spent 1291.5 hours equivalent to 54 days dissatisfied.

Of the Prime Minister’s 730 days in charge it seems highly likely that at least two and a half months (and counting) of them have been spent dissatisfied.

And if you apply the average level of job dissatisfaction to Caroline Flack, presenter of Love Island since 2015, that’s the equivalent of 8 months presenting over four years making her dissatisfied for 24 days.

Dr Becky Spelman says:


“People with high pressure jobs in the public eye have off-days and can feel dissatisfied in their roles, just like anyone else. To make matters even more stressful, they often have to go through their negative feelings and general unhappiness in front of everyone, with newspapers and commentators all weighing in on why they’re looking so glum.

“When we are not happy at work, it inevitably has an impact on our performance. For people who work in the high-pressure world of politics, that can have negative consequences not just for their career, but for everyone else too—as one bad decision can have very far-reaching repercussions.

“Aside from politics, other high-pressure positions include sports and reality TV. Sports people have to be on par, physically and mentally, 100% of the time. Their prowess and their defeats are aired for all to see—and often their private lives are considered public fodder, too.
“The same goes for reality TV stars. These are often ordinary people who are not really prepared in any way for suddenly becoming household names—and all of a sudden, they find themselves having to do everything in front of an audience of millions, including going through periods of dissatisfaction.

“Millions of people in ordinary jobs experience dissatisfaction with their roles too. This can happen to anyone, but it is especially common among people who suspect that their work makes no positive contribution to the world, who are having problems getting along with their colleagues or supervisor, or who simply can’t get a handle on the stress they are experiencing.”
Over 2,000 employees were surveyed by leading UK job site Fish4jobs to understand the degree to which people are dissatisfied in their jobs, why they stay in them and if there are variations across professions and cities.

Research also shows job satisfaction varies significantly among professions, with the highest proportion of workers dissatisfied in customer service;

37% of customer service executives
34% of hospitality employees
34% of administrators
33% of shop workers
28% of nurses and care workers
24% of teachers
24% of van and truck drivers
16% of construction workers

The results also reveal that people spending more than half their time dissatisfied at work varies significantly among cities:

Top four cities where people are dissatisfied at work:

1. 60% Wolverhampton
2. 50% Sunderland
3. 50% Carlisle
4. 50% Walsall

Bottom four cities where people are dissatisfied at work:

1. 5% Aberdeen
2. 9% Bath
3. 11% Newcastle
4. 11% Durham

Author: Editor

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