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Norwich workers revealed as the happiest in the UK

09:02 08 January 2016

Workers in Norwich are said to be the happiest in the country. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Workers in Norwich are said to be the happiest in the country. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2015

Workers in Norwich are the most cheerful in the land, according to the latest research.

Research conducted by business psychologists OPP revealed that 77% of employees in Norwich are satisfied in their current job.

Liverpool, Birmingham, Brighton and Plymouth made up the rest of the top five.

By contrast, workers in Newcastle and Cardiff are the least satisfied in their role with only 64% of employees feeling content at work.

An average of 71% of people in the UK were happy at work, with workload, salary increases and changes in management the three most important factors affecting people’s workplace satisfaction.

Nova Fairbank from the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce said she was not surprised by the results of the study.

“With Norfolk being a great place to live and work, it is not hard to understand why of employees in Norwich are happy,” she said.

“Our region boasts not only business excellence, but also a lifestyle that helps attract and retain many employees in this area.

“Many innovative businesses are becoming more flexible in their approach to the working day and improvements in broadband and our TechCity culture means that more organisations can consider alternative ways for their employees to work.

“I hope this latest poll will encourage more of the talented young people in Norfolk to take up local employment opportunities and remain in Norfolk.”

John Hackston, Head of Research at OPP, attributed unhappiness at work to a lack of communication within organisations.

He said: “Although it is great to see employee happiness on the rise, our research shows that job satisfaction doesn’t fully translate into feeling successful at work.

“Employees highlight that improving communication within organisations is particularly important”.

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8 comments

  • "Norwich puff piece articles revealed to be the primary cause of rising house prices in the area" Just stop.

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    Alex Batten

    Friday, January 8, 2016

  • My comment should have read 7 people were asked and 5 were happy

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    JohnnyH

    Friday, January 8, 2016

  • With a sample of 2,500 countrywide, I would imagine this means 5 Norwich residents were asked! If we go slightly wider and take in the surrounding area then 7 people were asked and were happy, not exactly relevant. The points that Marge makes about Norwich having all those social problems is again that it only looks at Inner Norwich, most of Norfolk as a whole has very low levels of things like teenage pregnancy so again the sampling is not very accurate. Norfolk is an ok place but not unique

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    JohnnyH

    Friday, January 8, 2016

  • How can anybody be happy in their job when concerns about health and safety work practices etc are met with the answer from management if you don't like it there's the gate!

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    stoneman

    Friday, January 8, 2016

  • What absolute nonsense this is, how many people can prove Norfolk is a great place to live in and work in? As for, Nova Fairbank, no idea what those comments are based on, it's a known fact you can't get enough teachers and medical staff (GP's etc) to come to Norfolk. Apart from that small fact, I see no mention of Norwich having highest levels of mental illness in the country (that fact was in Norwich council newletter) higher than national levels of alcohol abuse (ending up in hospital) smoking, teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease and low levels of education. (more than average in country expelled and not finishing education) That's more than enough proof that Norwich and Norfolk isn't such a great place to work in and live!!!

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    marge

    Friday, January 8, 2016

  • This "research" was based on a survey just 2,500 employees nationwide. Liverpool workers were the second "happiest" apparently.

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    Red Steepler

    Friday, January 8, 2016

  • Ah, I see one of the 23% has commented already.

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    Clarkey

    Friday, January 8, 2016

  • Who made this rubbish up ? What absolute nonsense, workers in Norwich are pretty much like the rest of the country, being forced to work unsocial hours in poor conditions and on minimum wages.

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    John L Norton

    Friday, January 8, 2016

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