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Unhappy Brits pledge to start new year with new job

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More than half of Brits are considering finding a new job in 2020 – up 8% from last year, research shows.

In a survey of 1,200 Brits by Investors in People, two in three (65%) of workers admitted they go to bed on a Sunday night dreading returning to their place of work.

Never is this feeling felt more keenly than the first day back at the start of a new year.

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The number of people feeling unhappy in their jobs is on the rise, increasing by 10% year on year.

About 24% were unhappy in their job at the turn of the year, with the same number actively seeking a new job. Meanwhile, another 32% are considering looking for a new position.

Employees say their top three reasons for seeking new employment are earning more money (30%), not feeling valued (23%) and wanting a better work/life balance (22%).

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When it comes to keeping employees on side in their present roles, a simple thank you (14%) has been consistently appreciated over the last four years.

However, employers must also be aware of stress levels in their work place, the research indicates.

Stress is a key issue for employees, and despite a growing awareness and appreciation of mental health and its associated issues, 77% of employees exhibit the signs of stress while 64% said their sleep was affected. The same number complained about being always on duty, with work following them home.

A friendly workplace and a supportive culture are key to retaining staff. More than half (54%) say having friends at work is important to them, while a quarter admit to staying in a job because of their friendships rather than enjoyment.

Nearly half (47%) would even rather have a friendly workplace than a 3% pay rise.

The report also found a quarter (24%) of those who resign do so to negotiate a better work/life balance.

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Meanwhile, 19% have gone through the motions of resigning to force through a pay rise.

Unfortunately, a fifth of those who stayed found that their employers did not fulfil their end of their bargain.

Paul Devoy, CEO Investors in People, said: “At Investors in People, we ask questions about work all day. To ourselves, to our colleagues and to our clients. Because the expert on work is everyone who works.

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“Six years into our job exodus research, we’re still hearing that people want to be told ‘thank you’ and one in four people are looking for a new job because they don’t feel valued.

“‘Thank you’, something so simple, so consistently important and potentially the best retention tool we’ve got.”