Half of Yorkshire workers seek new jobs amid disaffection with management

Workplace unhappiness could see workers looking elsewhere.
Workplace unhappiness could see workers looking elsewhere.
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Half of Yorkshire’s workforce say they will be looking for new jobs this year, with one-in-three workers in the region already actively job hunting, according to new research from Investors in People.

The findings are highlighted in the Job Exodus Trends 2016 report which shows that 32 per cent of employees in the region say they are miserable in their jobs.

The survey found that 38 per cent said this was down to poor management while 35 per cent said they felt unvalued.

Unsatisfactory pay was the third reason as to why employees were unhappy in their current roles.

In comparison the happiest region was East Anglia where only 22 per cent of workers feel unhappy in their jobs.

Paul Devoy, head of Investors in People, said: “Improved salaries over recent months means that pay is less of a gripe for UK workers. But longstanding issues around poor management and how valued people feel in their work continue to make UK workers miserable.

“We know that bad leadership alone costs the UK £39bn a year. If employers addressed these factors, they would have a more committed workforce and far fewer resources tied up in constant recruitment drives.

“As the economy improves, many employers run the risk of losing their valuable, skilled staff.”

The survey also found that over a quarter of workers would rather their employer invested in their training and development ahead of a three per cent pay rise.

Mr Devoy said: “Small things can make a big difference. Feeling valued, understanding their role in the organisation and how they can grow with an organisation are all big concerns for UK workers. Saying thank you, involving employees in decisions and giving them responsibility over their work are basic ways to make staff happier, and more likely to stay.”

Employers also gain from a more engaged workforce, he