Older workers are much more unhappy at work than younger colleagues, according to a study.
Happiness Works, on behalf of HR firm Robert Half, surveyed over 2,000 workers on happiness at work.
Less than one in ten younger workers admitted to feeling unhappy at work, whilst one in six over 35-year old’s said the same.
This means that just eight per cent of millennials are dissatisfied with work, less than half of the number in the over 35 bracket.
17 per cent of the 55+ workers considered themselves unhappy at work.
The Robert Half survey also found that workers tend to lack enthusiasm as their careers progress, which could impact on the company overall.
Almost a third of people over 55 surveyed by Robert Half said they didn’t feel appreciated, while 16 per cent claimed to not have any friends at work.
Of the findings, Robert Half’s senior managing director Phil Sheridan, said:
“Employees that are aged over 35 have valuable experience that the whole organisation can learn and benefit from,” Phil Sheridan, senior managing director at Robert Half UK said in a statement alongside the findings.
“It’s important that their happiness is not neglected, so businesses need to take the time to invest in their staff at all levels.”
The study looked into the reasoning behind declining happiness, and found that the top reasons included having a lack of creative freedom, struggling to maintain a healthy work-life balance and pressure to do more within the company.
According to Robert Half, workers who are satisfied in their jobs are more likely to be productive and do good work. Recent research from the University of Warwick found that happy workers are 12 per cent more productive than the unhappy.
Nic Marks, head of Happiness Works, said:
“Happier people tend to care more about their work, so they put in greater effort.”
“This also means they are quicker to notice when things are not going right and take action to prevent negative outcomes.”