It's the end of the week and we'd rather not be here

Sep 23 2005 by Nic Paton Print This Article

It's Friday and if you're bored and disgruntled with your lot – your work, your career, your colleagues – you're not alone, according to latest research.

A survey by online recruiter Jobsite has found that more than a third of UK workers are unhappy in their jobs, posing a severe challenge to employers in how they better engage their workers.

The study (admittedly of 5,000 job seekers who might therefore be expected to have somewhat itchy feet) found 37 per cent of those polled said they did not enjoy their time at work.

Almost half said they would be interested in working in a different industry.

An enjoyable job, rather than more money or a better title, was their prime motivation for wanting to jumping ship, the survey suggested.

Nevertheless, more than half said they found the whole process of finding a new job deeply frustrating. Jobsite chief executive officer Keith Potts, said: "Company productivity is tightly linked to how motivating a work environment is.

"If the company culture conflicts with that of the worker's, business bosses are in danger of creating a toxic work environment for all," he added.

The Jobsite survey echoes a study back in August by consultancy International Survey Research that suggested a third of British workers could not care less whether their company succeeded or failed as long as they got their pay cheque at the end of the month.