The joy of work

Feeling under the weather? Welcome to what psychologists call the 'most depressing day of the year'.

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

January 24 has been awarded the unfortunate accolade due to a combination of factors – including post-Christmas debt, the weather and failed New Year’s resolutions. And if you find yourself suffering from the winter blues then you’re not alone: a survey by Badenoch & Clark has found that 21% of UK workers are unhappy in their jobs.

Of course, nothing is ever achieved by sitting around, moaning and gorging on biscuits. Much better to remain proactive about your career. Interestingly, 48% of workers anticipate changing jobs at some point this year, which suggests people are confident about opportunities despite the current uncertainty gripping the economy.

More depressing news: if people are ambitious about their pay packets they may be wise to move on. It also emerged today that annual pay rises are becoming a thing of the past. According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, nearly half of companies no longer offer across-the-board annual pay or cost of living increases.

Firms are increasingly using a combination of factors, such an individual's performance, market rates and overall team performance, to determine an employee’s pay progression. Which leaves many staff confused about what they’re due and how they’ll get it.

But before you go marching off to personnel to demand an immediate explanation, you may want to leave that till next week – the survey found the role of HR consultant to be the unhappiest of the lot.


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