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Why bosses are happier than staff

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As a boss, it is common to experience high levels of stress as you lead and manage your employees.

Despite this, a new survey by InLoox has found that employees are more unhappy at work than their bosses.

The reason? A lack of appreciation and recognition at work.

Polling more than 200 professionals, the report highlighted people who do not have a boss are more content with their work situation than those working directly with a supervisor.

Almost all surveyed supervisors or self-employed persons (98%) stated they feel appreciated in their working environment, while only 80% of employees working for a supervisor felt the same.

In fact, appreciation was found to play a great role in employee happiness levels.

Eight out of 10 employees who felt undervalued at work stated that their job had negatively impacted their private lives. In comparison, only half of those who felt they were appreciated at work felt their job was impacting their personal lives negatively. 

“The survey shows the perception of self-determination and acknowledgement makes even high-pressure jobs bearable and even prevents stress,” Dr. Andreas Tremel, InLoox CEO said.

“This is a clear signal to managers and team leaders. The human factor is crucial when you want to retain great staff. Employees, however, should not be ashamed to ask for an acknowledgement of their great work.”

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The report stressed praising and recognising employees was crucial especially because most employees were carrying heavy workloads everyday.

Almost half (49%) of employees polled stated that they are pressed for time at work, while a fifth of employees admitted they feel exhausted even before starting work.

Additionally, only 5% of respondents stated they had the privilege of working on a single project at a time, while 35% had to multi-task on several projects at once.

More than one in ten (14%0 stated they had to work on 10 projects at one go.

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