Salespeople are the unhappiest workers in Britain

By on May 26, 2014

Obviously things might be a little different in South Africa, but a recent poll in the United Kingdom found that hammering the telephone takes its toll on employees.

No one likes a pushy salesperson, but it looks like most people hammering the telephones in small businesses don’t actually like what they do either – according to the poll 58 percent of small business salespeople are fed up with their job.

The poll of more than 1 000 staff in companies with less than 50 employees found significantly more than half of those working in sales were unhappy at work, followed by 51 percent of people in companies in the public sector, and half of agricultural workers. On the sunnier side, only a quarter of staff in small engineering firms and charities said they were miserable.

The study, by office supplies company Viking, also found a distinct divide between different areas of the country. Only 28 percent of people working in small Yorkshire companies said they were unhappy, compared to half in the north east.

Interestingly, especially for those who think money cures all ills, the survey found 53 percent of staff thought their benefits weren’t up to scratch, a shade above the 51 percent who weren’t best pleased with the salary.

Two thirds weren’t happy with their company’s social events (although, with less than 50 employees, a small business can’t necessarily afford to fork out themselves). However, the main causes of feeling blue about work were a lack of job security and not being told about a company’s goals, both cited by 47 percent of respondents.

Unsurprisingly, most people said they were least productive on Mondays between 4-6pm. It gets better sharpish though – 10 until midday on a Tuesday is when people thought they were most productive.

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