You may feel some of these feelings: your job doesn’t inspire you. You think you should try other options, or you may see it as a pure cash exchange and you have no other choice. In short, you are not satisfied with your job.
If anyone wants to ask for comfort: if you feel this way you are not alone. Workers are less happy now than at the height of the pandemic, when stress over health and work conditions brought many people to peak anxiety.
At least that’s what new research from BambooHR reveals, a consultancy that found that job satisfaction has seen a steady decline since 2020 worldwide and has seen a sharp decline this year.
The human resources software platform analyzed data from nearly 60,000 employees in more than 1,600 companies worldwide between January 2020 and June 2023.
Apathy at work, the common denominator
“Employees do not experience peaks or valleys; instead, they express a sense of resignation or even apathy,” the report says. “Most simply accept that morale is deteriorating.”
While many companies recognize the importance of work-life balance in the wake of the pandemic and are implementing policies, such as extended leaves and the option to work remotely, to help workers achieve this, No just when or where they work. causing problems for employees.
Low pay, lack of support and recognition, and overwork are the main reasons
But why are so many people unhappy at work? Research shows that the main cause of job dissatisfaction is unfair treatment at work: poor pay, lack of support from co-workers and bosses, or unreasonable workloads, in to name a few examples.
Inflation, widespread layoffs and uncertainty over back-to-office policies have worried employees and created a “deep sense of unease” in workplaces, the report also said.
At the beginning of 2023, about three-quarters of workers surveyed said they were worried about the economy, while almost half were worried about a poor work-life balance.
Apathy costs money
Another factor that contributes to employee unhappiness is the lack of meaning they feel in their roles, or feeling that their work is more than just an economic exchange.
This problem of lack of motivation does not stop there, it has economic effects. In fact, according to another previous report by the consulting firm Gallup, the lack of employee engagement costs the world the equivalent of 9% of global GDP.
In Spain 1 in 4 feel this way
According to the Global Workforce of the Future 2022 report, more than a quarter (27%) of workers worldwide will leave their jobs in the next 12 months and 45% of them are looking at the labor market and apply for new positions and/or have interviews for other jobs.
In Spain, the percentage decreased slightly to a quarter (25%) of employees wanting to change jobs in the next year and half of them (51%) are already actively applying for other positions and interviewing recruiters and companies.
In addition, 2 out of 10 global respondents and 17% of Spaniards say they have been contacted by recruiters from other companies, suggesting that human resources managers and organizations are taking advantage of the situation to find others motivations.