Getting itchy feet at work? Wondering if the grass really is greener at your competitors? Happy thirtieth birthday.

Research published this week by Vorwerk suggests that thirty is a landmark age for employee restlessness. It’s understandable. Crossing into the fourth decade gives us plenty to think about, and any appraisal of our achievements, status and general well-being should naturally include a good hard look at what we do with each working day.
Vorwerk’s research paints a picture of general dissatisfaction with working life in Britain. Just 13% of responders said they enjoyed their jobs, while 9% went so far as to say they hated them. Those are unsettling figures, but are employees really that disenchanted or are they merely taking the opportunity to blow off steam without consequences? We all get days when we’d rather be elsewhere and we’ve all heard colleagues say they “hate” a job or an employer in the heat of the moment but then display ample evidence to the contrary. We may choose not to take everything said in surveys literally, but we’d be unwise to ignore negative findings altogether.

If people really hate their jobs, or if they’re simply frustrated by aspects of them, what can we do as employers and service partners to rectify that?

Talking to them is a good start, and encouraging them to communicate interactively in the workplace is even better. The lack of suitable skills training and career development is a major factor in employee dissatisfaction, and one way to deliver a career path that people will find satisfying is to put them in charge of their own development. The Jane Self-Service portal does exactly that, giving your people access to their own records and encouraging them to shape their own training programmes. Managers stay in control of the process, with a “big picture” view of staff activity and the authority to sign off on and contribute to development plans.

Hitting a landmark age – whether it’s thirty, forty, fifty or sixty – gives people plenty to evaluate in their lives. If they’re evaluating their workplace training and career development, Jane Systems can deliver clear, measurable help. We can help you increase key skills, improve workplace morale and reduce staff turnover.

If only 13% of British workers are happy in their roles, why shouldn’t yours be among them? Contact us to find out more.

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